National recognition as Borders athletics group gets award

Sandra Frame, director Scottish Athletics and Neil Renton, Borders Sport and Leisure Sports Development Officer
Sandra Frame, director Scottish Athletics and Neil Renton, Borders Sport and Leisure Sports Development Officer

The Scottish Borders Athletics Development Group (SBADG) has received a prestigious national award for its partnership working.

The group, which includes representatives from Borders Sport and Leisure, sports governing bodies and clubs, was named partnership of the year at the annual Scottish Athletics Awards held in Glasgow.

Instrumental in developing initiatives including a coach mentoring scheme, the organisation of the Borders Schools Cross Country Championship and assisting with Run, Jump and Throw programmes, the SBADG works with partners and stakeholders to provide opportunities for athletes, coaches, volunteers and clubs to participate in athletics activities.

Tommy Finkle, chairman of the SBADG said: “This is superb news for athletics in the Scottish Borders and it is great to see the hard work and efforts of everyone involved with the Group recognised in this way by Scottish Athletics.”

Borders Sport and Leisure Chief Executive, Ewan Jackson added: “The group has worked successfully with partners to provide athletics opportunities for everyone at school, for coaches, officials and volunteers.

“It has brought together clubs in the Borders to create the highly successful Team Borders and has also supported Gala Harriers in partnership with Scottish Athletics’ Club Together Programme to employ a part time development officer. This award celebrates the contribution made not just by this group but by everyone involved in the development of athletics in the region.”