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£1.9 million Investment in Borders Sport Agreed

The deal sees over £1.6 million invested in the region’s Active Schools programme, with further funding committed to supporting PE and delivering school sport and additional investment set aside to support grassroots initiatives in the region and to develop the potential of talented athletes.

The funding has been provided by Scottish Borders Council and sportscotland, with Borders Sport and Leisure set to deliver the relevant projects across the region.

In addition to continuing and enhancing the work of the Active Schools programme, the partnership will see the roll-out of the School Sports Awards programme as a means to develop school sport.  Club sport will also be promoted through funding for the region’s Community Sports Hubs and continued support for club sports development officers and the Clubsport Borders network.

Two years of funding has been committed to support local coaching initiatives through the provision of ongoing training and education opportunities for coaches and volunteers across the region and a review of the local coaching infrastructure will be carried out.  The partners will look to further enhance provision for the development of athlete potential and have agreed to create a new Facilities Strategy for the region.

The agreement guarantees a commitment by sportscotland, Scottish Borders Council and Borders Sport and Leisure to work together to deliver a world-class sporting system that connects schools and education, clubs and communities and performance sport and encourages Borderers of all ages to be more active more often.

Andrew Baptie, Partnership Manager at sportscotland said;
“I am delighted to mark the signing of this partnership agreement that will have such a positive impact on sport across the Scottish Borders.  This agreement provides a solid relationship to achieve great things over the next four years for the Active Schools programme as well as the next three years for Community Sports Hubs, amongst others, which will help us to build a world-class sporting system for everyone in Scotland.”

Cllr Vicky Davidson, Scottish Borders Council said;
“I welcome the partnership agreement with sportscotland that sees over £1.6 million invested in the Active Schools programme, over £40,000 in supporting PE and £24,000 in developing school sport. This really is a four-year programme of investment for taking school and club sport forward in the Borders.”

Perrotine Orr, Borders Sport and Leisure said;
“Borders Sport & Leisure is delighted to be working in partnership with SBC and sportscotland to deliver a range of projects across the Scottish Borders. This four-year agreement secures funding for the continuation of Active Schools as well as club and workforce initiatives. In addition, we are committed to working together on a range of facility developments all with a view to inspiring everyone in the Borders to enjoy more active lifestyles.”