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Borders Sport & Leisure launches Road to Rio Children’s Olympic Games Passport

Borders Sport and Leisure launched a unique children’s Olympic Passport Scheme last week.

The initiative aims to encourage children to enter into the Olympic spirit by participating in special sporting activities outside of school hours. All primary school aged children in the Scottish Borders will be encouraged to get involved.

Children from schools across the region (St Peters (Galashiels),
Walkerburn, Chirnside, Cockburnspath,  Broolmands (Kelso), Parkside
(Jedburgh),    Drumlanrig (Hawick) and Melrose   attended the launch event
which was held at Queen’s Leisure Centre in Galashiels where they tried out a
range of introductory sporting session in judo, volleyball and athletics hosted by
local coaches.

Connie Ramsay, 2014 Commonwealth Games Judo bronze medalist was also in attendance to support the activities and inspire the children with the story of her journey to the Games and the importance of effort and overcoming failure.

From January 18th a schedule of activities featuring a variety of Olympic sports will be available across the Scottish Borders with the children awarded points on their passport for each session they take part in.  Depending on the number of points a child accrues they could receive a bronze, silver or gold medal for their efforts.

There will be two versions of the passport scheme available, one for all P1-P3 children and another one for all P4 – P7 children in the region.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said; “We have run two children’s sporting passport schemes before, one for the 2012 Olympics and another for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Both resulted in primary school children participating in thousands of extra sporting sessions and were a huge success.  We are confident that our new Road to Rio passport will be just as popular and lead to children across the region experiencing and enjoying a host of new sporting opportunities over the coming months.”

He continued: “The passport is a fantastic way for Borders Sport and Leisure to strengthen the links that we have already established with schools, sports clubs and other organsiations. Collectively we can really ensure that children benefit from an increased number and type of activities.”

The scheme will operate from January 18th until August 26th – the date of the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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