FJORDHUS REIVERS’ future is looking bright and it is only when you bring together all the members that the strength and depth of the new club can be appreciated.
The club has been working hard on development, from grass-roots players through to internationalists, and also within coaching and officiating.
This year alone approximately 500 youths attended on a weekly basis with a number of the current club members, both men and women, gaining international honours.
Janet Jack (coach) was joined by Fjordhus members Sarah Robertson, Scottish senior and Under-21 internationalist; Under-18 internationalist Emily Newlands and Under-18 squad member Nicola Weallens last week at a sports school to help develop the talent of the Under-16 Borders girls squad.
The school, set up by South schoolgirls, gives 45 selected girls the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their tactical play.
Hopefully, the latest batch of talented local players will follow in the footsteps of the five girls from Fjordhus Reivers who have just returned from Ireland on international duty.
Lucy Ingles, Morven Cawthorn and Lorna Dagg (missing from photograph) were representing Scotland in the Under-16 Development Squad, while Sarah Robertson (Scotland) and Emily Newlands (Scotland U18) were also flying the national flag.
In addition, the club’s Paul Conkie, Colin Stockdale, Denise Fairbairn, Janet Jack, Carolyn Allison and Jackie Wilson have all represented their country this season.
The forming of the new Borders super club, as reported in last week’s Southern, will allow the clear pathways for boys and girls to increase locally.
The main aim of the new club is to channel energies into promotion for the two senior women’s sides and the men’s teams, encourage more boys and girls into the sport to be coached by UKCC qualified coaches, continue to link with schools, increase umpires and officials, and, most importantly, give all participants the means to enjoy the sport.
Coach Jack told TheSouthern: “These are exciting times in the region for hockey, in particular for the new club, and with the full support of Scottish Hockey to set up a “Centre of Excellence” for performance hockey at Tweedbank, it looks like even more talent will make it on to the International scene.”