Sporting chance for pupils as vision switches to 2012

Burnfoot pupils Andrew Mitchell, Ross Weir, James Jordan; Kyle James, Caitlan Weir, Kieran Watson hone their bowling skills
Burnfoot pupils Andrew Mitchell, Ross Weir, James Jordan; Kyle James, Caitlan Weir, Kieran Watson hone their bowling skills
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ORGANISERS are on the ball ahead of the 2012 Year of Sport.

The Vision 2014 group is about to wave goodbye to its hugely successful inaugural year of arts and culture.

But while that may be about to be consigned to the history books, another chapter is set to open on the group’s ambitious four-year celebration, building up to the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Hornshole.

The Year of Sport will be launched in January in Tower Mill, and will also see Judith Murray and Ian Landles pilot materials they are working on as part of an education pack produced by The Bill McLaren Foundation.

This will be followed throughout the next 12 months by a whole host of activities and events, which includes an Olympic Passport, for which kids can work towards gaining points by participating in activities during the year.

It is hoped an adult Olympic Passport will also encourage adults to either participate with their children or increase their own activity.

Chairperson Janice Chapman said: “2012 is the 30th anniversary of Teviotdale Leisure Centre and it is planned to hold a fitness testing day at the beginning of the year for the public to come along, find out how fit they are, sign up for their passport, and then be retested later in the year.”

And while the Olympic flame won’t be passing through the town, there are plans for a Hawick Olympic torch, which would start its journey at the launch in January and visit each school and community in Teviot and Liddesdale right through until June when it would be presented at the Olympic Week opening ceremony.

There are a number of activities planned for Olympic Week, which is being run during National School Sports Week (June 11-15), while a ‘Count us in day will take place on October 27, which marks 1,000 days to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

A Superbowl is also being held next year when coaching sessions at the TLC will result in children competing for the Superbowl title.

n The Border Club is sponsoring a photography competition. Children of all ages will be encouraged to take photographs depicting each of the years. Schools will hold their own competitions with the winning pictures being submitted to the community competition. The closing date is November 22.