Trust helps more sports stars get there

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Four more promising sportspeople have been handed grants by the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust. Galashiels pair Charis Scott and Charlie Green, and Melrose duo Elspeth Roper and Robyn MacKay all received funding.

Tynecastle Boys Club footballer Charlie picked up £200 to help with travel expenses, while Charis, who has trained with Scotland girls’ under-17s squad, was also given £200. Swimmer Elspeth Roper has recently been selected for the Borders Elite Team, and received £150 to assist with travelling costs, while judo player Robyn MacKay was provided with £250 to help attend two international camps. The JudoScotland Talent Development Squad member said: “It is my ultimate goal to be an Olympian.”

Pictured above, Kristin Boland handed over a cheque for £150 to Balmoral Primary School to help refurbish its Rowan Boland Memorial Garden. Rowan was a pupil at Balmoral when he passed away in 2010, with the school setting up the garden in his name. The trust provided the money to help pay for new plants and other items.

To find out more about receiving a grant from the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust, or to raise money for the charity, visit