1. ITV Report

Promising athletes take part in Sports Academy

Eighty promising young athletes from across the Scottish Borders have taken part in the 2012 Sports Academy.

It's organised by Borders Sport and Leisure it involves youngsters aged between 12 and 14.

The intensive three day course involves a variety of sports specific coaching and development workshops and for many its their first taste of a multi sport camp.

It's the 11th years of the Sports Academy, and some youngsters who have completed the camp in the past have gone on to future success at national and international levels.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said

"The Sports Academy model brings together athletes and coaches in a multi-discipline sports camp and is highly effective in developing young talent. This year's August academy features top regional and national coaches across a range of sports including hockey, tennis, badminton, athletics, and swimming. It also includes a questions and answer session for the pupils where they will hear from inspirational athletes Guy Learmonth (Scottish 800 Meters Champion) and Sami Kinghorn (Scottish Junior Record Holder 100m, 200m and 400m Wheelchair Racing)."

– Ewan Jackson

Previous Borders pupils who have undergone Sports Academy training and then enjoyed success include Alice Haining (18) who attended in 2006 and 2007 and has since represented GB in kayaking at the World Junior Championships securing a team gold in the USA this year, and Chris O'Hare, who attended in 2004 and 2005 and has represented GB in athletics at the European Cross Country Championships and won the NCAA track title in America this March.