Top coaches to share ideas and skills

01/02/2013,  TSPL, Scotsman, Evening News, Sport,Rugby, Six Nations Rugby 2013. Scottish rugby squad train at the reading Dome on the eve of their Opening Six Nations international aginst England at Twickenham. The squad had to train at the Dome which is the training veune of Reading FC after their planned training pitch at Staines Rugby club was waterlogged. Scotland coach Scott Johnson pictured at training.  Picture Ian Rutherford
01/02/2013, TSPL, Scotsman, Evening News, Sport,Rugby, Six Nations Rugby 2013. Scottish rugby squad train at the reading Dome on the eve of their Opening Six Nations international aginst England at Twickenham. The squad had to train at the Dome which is the training veune of Reading FC after their planned training pitch at Staines Rugby club was waterlogged. Scotland coach Scott Johnson pictured at training. Picture Ian Rutherford

Borders Sports and Leisure is hosting the 2013 Scottish Borders Coaching Conference at Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels, on September 22.

Now in its fifth year, this unique programme is a permanent fixture on the calendar of coaches, teachers and volunteers keen to learn from people involved in toplevel sport. Guest speakers will share their knowledge and skills acquired while coaching in a number of sports.

The inaugural Celebration of Sport Awards in February was a highly-successful event which underlined the wide range of achievement and talent in the Borders. The Coaching Conference will examine the best methods of developing that potential.

The keynote speaker is Scott Johnson, head coach of the Scotland rugby team and appointed recently as director of rugby for Scottish Rugby.

Coaches who will give workshops at the event are:

Athletics: Rodger Harkins, lecturer at John Wheatley College, has helped Scottish athlete Lee McConnell achieve medals at the European and World Championships and at the Commonwealth Games.

Cycling: Chris Bryant, education and training officer for Scottish Cycling. He also works as a coach educator with British Cycling and sports coach UK.

Football: John Collins, former Hibs, Celtic, Monaco, Everton and Fulham player, who represented Scotland 58 times. Darren Murray, player development manager and under-20s coach with Hearts.

Hockey: David Stott, national performance coach for Scottish Hockey.

Rugby: Neil Graham, coaching Development Manager for Scottish Rugby.

Swimming: Steven Tigg, head coach of the Falkirk Integrated Regional Swim Team, and recently the GB team leader for the European Youth Olympic Festival.

Tennis: Dr Anna Myatt, tennis development officer with Edinburgh Leisure, has 20 years’ experience coaching adults and juniors.

To book a place visit www.bslt.org.uk or contact Mark Forsyth 01896 661166 (E: mforsyth@bslt.org.uk).