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Disability Sports Plan will create new opportunities

Borders Sport and Leisure has launched its new three-year Borders Disability Sports Plan at the Para Sport Festival.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage more children and adults to get involved in sport.

There was an opportunity for people to try out activities at an event at Tweedbank.

Donald Gray says it's good to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in sports:

Border's World Cup head count: Be on our team

It's 42 days until the 2014 World Cup begins in Rio, Brazil Credit: PA

World Cup fever has hit us at ITV Border, and we're looking for people in our region from all of the countries taking part.

Do we have all 32 World Cup nationalities in the Border region? Who knows but it could be fun trying to find out!

Whether you’ve been living in the region for years or if you’ve just arrived, we want to hear from you.

Get in touch and tell us your story:

Email, Tweet us @ITVBorder or visit our Facebook page.


Border's World Cup head count - we need your help!

A Colombian in Cumbria? A Brazilian in the Borders? A South Korean in the South Lakes?

With the World Cup starting in Brazil on 12 June, ITV Border is looking for someone from each of the 32 countries taking part.

You might have been living in our region for years or just here for a couple of months. Whatever your story, we want to hear from you and we want include you in our World Cup head count.

Do we have all 32 nationalities in our region? Who knows but it could be fun trying to find out!

Tell us your story. There are three way to get in touch:

Darts legends coming to Carlisle

Old adversaries: Keith Deller and Eric Bristow Credit: PA

Former darts world champions Keith Deller and Eric Bristow will replay their famous 1983 world final in Carlisle.

The pair are taking part in an invitational tournament at the Royal Scot Pub in Morton on Saturday May 3rd.

31-years-ago rank outsider Deller beat Bristow to take the title, aged just 23.

Deller in 1983, days after beating Bristow in the World Darts Championship final Credit: PA

"West Cumbria is the place to be this autumn"

“We have worked closely with Britain's Energy Coast and Cumbria partners to ensure that this year's Tour of Britain passes through the dramatic scenery of West Cumbria for the very first time.

"I was previously Head of Major Events at the Northwest Development Agency and worked on the early preparations for the Rugby League World Cup so it's fantastic to see West Cumbria also playing its part in hosting another world class major sports event in addition to The Tour of Britain.

"West Cumbria is definitely the place to be this autumn."

– Sheldon Phillips, Regional Representative, the Tour of Britain

“This Autumn is going to be an incredibly memorable one and we are delighted that the Western Lake District will be given such amazing opportunities to shine on a world stage.”

– Katie Read, West Cumbria Tourism Manager


Lake District celebrates Autumn of International Sport

Children from west Cumbria at the launch Credit: ITV News Border

Representatives from a number of west Cumbrian organisations came together today to celebrate some key international sporting events happening this Autumn.

Members of local junior rugby teams joined up with the Tour of Britain mascot to link together two of the most prestigious events to be held in the Western Lake District.

The Tour of Britain, which is the UK's biggest professional cycle race, will pass through Cumbria on 16th September.

114 riders from 19 teams will tackle the 116 mile route, the majority of which will be in the west lakes for the first time.

The Rugby League World Cup will also be visiting the county with two of Scotland’s fixtures being played at Derwent Park in Workington.

On the 29th October the stadium will see Scotland play Tonga and on the 3rd November it will play host to Scotland’s match against Italy.

Footy in the forest

Two football matches will take place in the heart of a Scottish Borders forest.

Hundreds of trees have been cut down to make the forest pitch between Selkirk and Midlem, in woodland owned by the Duke of Buccleuch. The event is part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

After being postponed in July because of a waterlogged pitch an SFA referee has now give the green light.

One of the matches is for men and the other for women. The people taking part have been made British citizens since 2000.

"Like me, the players are all really looking forward to Saturday and the chance to play in this unique sporting arena in a fantastic and beautiful part of Scotland."

– Craig Coulthard, organiser

Creative Scotland and the Arts Council of England helped finance the pitch through national lottery cash to the tune of almost half a million pounds.

Organisers anticipate around 1,000 spectators will attend with the games being shown online via a live internet broadcast.

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