Youngsters selected to attend sports academy

Scottish Hockey international Janet Jack at a training session.
Scottish Hockey international Janet Jack at a training session.
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More than 100 talented youngsters from across the Scottish Borders have been selected to attend this year’s Scottish Borders Sports Academy to bne held from August 3-6.

The annual Academy, now in its 13th year, is run by Borders Sport and Leisure and will take place at the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels. It is designed to replicate a top professional multi-sport athletics training camp and gives the chosen children a unique opportunity to experience intensive tuition from some of Scotland’s top national coaches.

Only the most promising athletes in the region are invited to attend.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “All of the participants have been put forward by their coaches based on the abilities they demonstrate within a specific sport. Being offered the chance to attend this event is a great achievement as it indicates real sporting potential.

“Our Academy this year will feature football, rugby, hockey, swimming, cycling, tennis and athletics and we have secured a top coach for each discipline.”

Ready to lend their expertise at this year’s Academy are coaches from regional and national level including Chris Bryant, (cycling) Lee Makel (football) and Janet Jack (hockey).

Ewan Jackson added: “We have some amazing professional sports people ready to share their expertise and skills with our young Academy students and I am sure this will be one of our best years yet.”

The Sports Academy has helped to nurture some of the region’s most successful sportspeople with previous attendees including Chris O’Hare who took part in the Academy in 2004 and will represent Scotland in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games and Sarah Robertson who attended in 2008 and will play hockey at the Games.

Ewan Jackson concluded: “It is hugely gratifying to see former Academy pupils set to represent Scotland at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. I am sure this will act as an extra inspiration for this year’s attendees.”