Top coaches for Borders Sports Academy

Former Olympic swimmer, Kris Gilchrist, has added his name to the expert line-up of internationally renowned coaches set to instruct the young athletes at this year’s Scottish Borders Sports Academy run by Borders Sport and Leisure.

Around 100 of the region’s most promising athletes, all aged between 12 -17, will attend this summer’s Sports Academy which features a total of seven different disciplines and will take place in Galashiels in August.

Kris is the latest coach to be secured for the Academy and joins an exceptional team of coaches including Vickey Bunce, Great Britain hockey player and club coach, tennis expert Adrian Nicklin who has many years experience in developing young players, athletics coaches Michael Johnson, Sandy Robertson a former Scottish Champion and international 400m hurdler, and former international footballer Keith Wright.

Kris Gilchrist said: “The Borders Sports Academy is a great initiative which allows athletes access to experienced coaches and support that is not available on a daily basis.

“The timing is perfect for swimming as it coincides with the transition into a new season.

“This will ensure that the athletes gain fresh ideas, self management strategies and an increased level of motivation at a stage in the calendar where the biggest changes can be made.”

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “The Scottish Borders Sports Academy is now in its 12th year. It is an exceptional event and we are delighted to have secured such an impressive coaching team for this year.

“We are very excited for the young athletes that have been selected to attend and are sure they will gain an incredible amount from this unique opportunity to work with and learn from some of the finest instructors in the country.”

The 2013 Academy will feature seven different disciplines.

They are: tennis, rugby, cycling, football, athletics, swimming and hockey. The event will take place at the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels from Sunday, August 4, to Wednesday, August 7.