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Inspirational Athletes give Borders Pupils Lessons in Success

The three hour training seminar delivered by the athletes took place at Earlston High School and was attended by eleven pupils selected from six schools across the region (Galashiels Academy, Jedburgh Grammar School, Earlston High School, Kelso High School, Hawick High School and Peebles High School).  All of the pupils were part of the Borders Sport and Leisure Young Ambassador and Lead 2014 initiatives.

The event was organised by Borders Sport and Leisure’s Active Schools Team in association with the Winning Scotland Foundation.

Borders Sport and Leisure has worked with the Winning Scotland Foundation over the last five years to deliver the Champions in Schools Programme that enables athletes to visit a chosen  school to meet pupils and discuss how participation in sport can have an impact on all aspects of life and achieving goals.  Following the highly successful event at Earlston High School the intention is to now expand this scheme in 2015 to enable every Borders Secondary School to host a session in the coming year.

Ewan Jackson Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said:  “This is a really exciting development for the Champions in Schools Programme. In the last five years, the programme has really engaged Borders schools with a variety of high profile sporting role models who have delivered a number of key messages about succeeding through effort and learning from failure. The opportunity for us to engage with even more pupils is one that we are really looking forward too”.

Catriona Morrison Programme Manager, Winning Scotland Foundation added: “The Winning Scotland Foundation is delighted to continue its partnership with Borders Sport & Leisure Trust in delivering the Champions in Schools Programme. It is particularly pleasing to see their commitment to growing the programme in order that as many young people as possible benefit from the invaluable messages that the athletes deliver.”