Sporting students savour hockey festivals at Tweedbank

It’s been a very difficult year for Borders College students to carry out practical work.

By Ralph Mellon
Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 5:17 pm
Young hockey enthusiasts in action
Young hockey enthusiasts in action

But, as restrictions eased, the HND Year 1 Sport and Exercise students took the opportunity to run a sports development event with Fjordhus Reivers Hockey Club, which plays out of the Live Borders Tweedbank Sports Complex.

Janet Jack, head coach at the club and lecturer at Borders College, suggested the idea to the students of running two festivals at Tweedbank, so they could complete their course work.

The students agreed and took up the reins, organising for the Club’s u14 mixed group to attend on two recent Friday afternoons to play in small sided-games.

The uptake from the club players was fantastic and, overall, 80 young players attended the two days to play fun, competitive little matches.

Janet stated this was a “win, win situation”. The students were able to put in to practice much of what they had learned, which had been delivered through teams online in event management, sports development and sports coaching into a real practical situation. It also gave the young U14 players a competitive, fun environment in which to practise the technical and tactical skills they’d been learning through their club training.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to having the opportunity of working in partnership in the future.