Selkirk hockey star Sarah Robertson backs Scottish Borders Sports Academy

Selkirk hockey internationals from left: Morven Cawthorn, Emily Newlands & Sarah Robertson.
Selkirk hockey internationals from left: Morven Cawthorn, Emily Newlands & Sarah Robertson.

Over 100 of the region’s most promising young athletes will this week receive the honour of an invitation to attend this summer’s Scottish Borders Sports Academy.

Organised by Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, the four-day academy provides a taster of the type of intensive training camps utilised by top professional athletes.

Individuals are selected to participate based upon their sporting promise and will receive tuition from top national coaches including hockey’s Vicky Bunce, current GB player and club coach and Neil Harden, who has several years’ experience in coaching young and developing tennis players throughout the east of Scotland.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of BSLT, said: “The Borders Sports Academy is now in its 12th year.

“It is an exceptional event which allows our most promising young sports people to receive expert tuition from some of the country’s most experienced coaches.

“Being selected to attend is an honour in itself and indicates that a child’s coach believes them to have exceptional sporting potential.”

The 2013 Academy will feature hockey, tennis, badminton, athletics, cycling, football, rugby and swimming with an expert coach allocated for each sport.

Previous Borders pupils who have undergone Sports Academy training and then enjoyed success include teenage hockey player Sarah Robertson from Selkirk who was recently selected for Team GB and has received 12 caps for Scotland in the last 12 months.

Sarah said: “I was selected for the Sports Academy four times, twice for football, once for tennis and once for hockey.

“The Academy was my first taste of a multisports training camp and was an amazing experience. It provides young athletes with an idea of what a real selection camp is like.”

The 2013 Scottish Borders Sports Academy will take place at Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels from Sunday, August 4 to 7.