NEW Hawick PSA coach Keith Middlemass is hoping a team-bonding exercise in Craik Forest will stand them in good stead for the season ahead.
The youngsters set off for the great outdoors last weekend when they enjoyed war games, raft-building and other activities.
And Middlemass believes, with a number of new players recruited from last year’s impressive Albion outfit, there is plenty to look forward to from the coming campaign.
He said: “We’ve had a good pre-season that’s went well and we’ve got in the region of 20 boys this year.
“The trip to Craik was a good exercise and there’s a good team atmosphere.”
Middlemass has taken the step up after working alongside Wullie Anderson last year, with Anderson now filling the role of team manager.
And with Selkirk Youth Club first up at Burnfoot tomorrow, he is eagerly anticipating the first whistle.
“They’re a good bunch of boys and although I’m under no illusions that it’s going to be a hard year, we’re all really looking forward to it,” said Middlemass.
The PSA match kicks off at 3pm and is sponsored by Gary Cairns Outdoor Services. Teas by Hunters, Bakers.
Over at Volunteer Park, there’s similar excitement ahead of their opening clash at home to Jed Thistle.
And coach Greg McLeod is confident that his older and wiser side can make an impact this season.
He said: “I want them to carry on from where they left off last year when we reached the final of the Border Cup.
“The boys are maturing, they’re getting confident and there’s a belief there.
“We’re not the biggest team but I’m sure we’ll turn a few heads this season.”
Tomorrow’s clash kicks off at 3pm and is sponsored by Barclay’s Funeral Service. Teas by Hutton Butcher.
McLeod added: “We’ve got a squad of about 21 players and I’m expecting a lot from them this season.”