Carnival proves a smash hit

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MORE than 140 primary school children from the Galashiels area enjoyed a taste of hitting shuttlecocks, many for the first time, at the first Badminton Carnival held in the Borders.

Primary 6 pupils from Balmoral, Burgh, Fountainhall, Heriot, Langlee, St Peter’s and Tweedbank schools came along to the Queens Leisure Centre in Galashiels for the new event organised by the Sports Development Unit and Active Schools network of Borders Sport and Leisure Trust.

All the youngsters tried their hands at six different badminton activities, assisted by students from Borders College.

The kids took part in Magic Mover relay races, Skill Star, Target Hitting and Beat the Coach, as well as the All Round Athlete fitness station.

Active schools co-ordinator Anna Potter said: “This is a great new initiative and it was fantastic to see so many youngsters mixing with each other, getting involved in badminton and having a fun experience.”

With the success of this first carnival, coaching sessions will take place at the Queens Leisure Centre on Wednesdays from 4pm-5.30pm, starting this week until October 5.

These sessions are open to children in Primary 4–7 and will cost £12 for the four weeks.

Sports development officer Neil Renton added: “The carnivals are great events for introducing the sport to young people and we will be looking to run these in other areas of the Borders, as well as setting up participation centres. The Peebles centre has already proved to be a real smash with between 20-30 young players receiving the benefit of coaching.”