Festival of sport for baton’s arrival

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Borders Sport and Leisure is to organise a special sports festival as part of the celebrations to mark the arrival of the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton in the region on Wednesday June 18.

More than 350 Primary 5/6 children will take part in the festival being held at Tweedbank Sport Centre in Galashiels from 9.30am to 1pm.

The event will involve the children participating in five different Commonwealth Games sports and seeing the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton.

The Commonwealth Baton is scheduled to make its way through the region following the route Duns, Melrose, Tweedbank, Selkirk, Kelso, Jedburgh and Hawick.

It is due to be at Tweedbank at around 12.15pm and nine bearers will have the honour of running the baton around the venue accompanied by representatives from a number of local sports clubs.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “This will be a unique chance for the children to experience a day of sport and get up close to the Queen’s Baton Relay as it travels across Scotland on its way to Glasgow.

“The Commonwealth Games is going to be an incredible occasion and we aim to make the most of all the opportunities it presents to inspire children and motivate them to want to become more involved in sport.

“The Tweedbank Sports Festival is about encouraging participation and capitalising on the excitement in the run up to the Games.”

○More than 40 sports clubs across Scotland are to share £1million of funding to help them meet growing capacity demands caused by the Commonwealth Games.

Around £4m is to be invested by sportscotland over the next four years through its direct club investment programme to fund extra coaches, facilities and increase participation.

Clubs have to submit a business case to apply for investment and are then considered by regional and national groups.