Rowan Boland Trust grants

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The Rowan Boland Memorial Trust has stumped up £400 to help Galashiels cricketer Caitlin Ormiston travel with Scotland under-17s.

The 17-year-old Gala Cricket Club member is part of the age-group squad which will play in Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire, and a T20 competition in the north of England in July, before a trip to Ireland in August.

Caitlin said: “A grant would be extremely helpful for accommodation costs for the forthcoming tours to England and Ireland, as well as a massive help towards travel expenses.

“This would therefore allow me to continue to play at this high level, as well as enabling me to gain further valuable skills and experiences all working towards my aim of making the step up to the Scotland ladies’ squad next year.”

Melrose footballer Mark Mathison has picked up £200 from the trust to help with transport costs.

A member of Tynecastle Boys’ Club in Edinburgh, Mark has been selected for the East Region and Scotland youth development squads in recent years.

He has also earned trials with Livingston, Raith Rovers and Aberdeen.

But the costs for the 15-year-old of travelling to Edinburgh three times a week and Glasgow twice a month are considerable, and the RBMT are happy to assist.

TweedbanK footballer Jamie Shiel has been handed £150 by the trust to assist with travel and equipment costs.

The 16-year-old goalkeeper travels up to Edinburgh four times a week to train and play with top junior club Edina Hibs.

His dedication has led to selection for the South East Region squad for the past five years, as well as gaining trials with SFL side Livingston.