Scottish and Great British hockey player, Sarah Robertson, visited the Selkirk 2G Pitch this week to officially launch the Live Borders’ ‘Training for Tokyo 2020’ Games Passport.
The former Selkirk High School student took time out of her Olympic preparations to meet with children from her hometown who are eagerly awaiting the start date of the 2020 Passport on Monday 2 March.
Live Borders Active Schools Team have designed the Passport to celebrate the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and aims to encourage young people from P1 to P7 in the Scottish Borders to get active and enjoy a range of sports.
Robertson said the Passport was a great way to get young people out taking part in sport. She said: “The Passport is a great initiative to get the kids across the Borders taking part in a number of sports.
“Getting kids out playing hockey, football, golf or tennis is brilliant, and with the excitement of the Olympics just around the corner it is a great chance to trial some of the sports like badminton, karate or table tennis.
“Growing up, I played all different sports and I believe it has helped make me become a well-rounded hockey player with transferable skills from many sports.
“Who knows, this year’s Passport may just uncover a future Borders Olympian.”
This is the fifth passport that local charity Live Borders has overseen following the 2012 London Olympics, 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Live Borders hopes to encourage as many primary pupils in the Scottish Borders to get active and enjoy a range of sports, all while trying to gain points towards a certificate, bronze, silver or gold medal of their very own.
The Passport Programme will conclude following the Olympic Games on Sunday 9 August.
Senior Active Schools Coordinator, Paul Scott from Live Borders added: “We believe it is important to continue to build a lasting legacy in sport and physical activity participation in the Scottish Borders.
“Over the last eight years since London 2012 we have ran four Passports and all of them have achieved huge success in encouraging more children to be more active, more often.
“We can’t wait to get started and hope our young Borders’ people enjoy the challenge while being healthier, happier and stronger.”
The Games Passports are available for children in P1-3 and P4-7 and will be distributed by Live Borders Active Schools Coordinators in the coming days.
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