Youngsters enjoy sports academy

Youngsters in Annandale and Eskdale have enjoyed another successful October Sports Academy.

The award-winning Sports Academy run by Annandale and Eskdale Sports and Leisure Trust is now in its seventh year and schoolchildren again jumped at the chance to try out all manner of sports under the guidance of professionals.

Two weeks of activities in both Langholm and Annan included mini-racket sports, which is a combination of tennis and badminton, and cricket camps with the newly-appointed Dumfries and Galloway community coach, Chris Stewart.

There was also basketball in both venues with Basketballscotland’s west of Scotland’s development co-ordinator, Adrian Flynn and the ever-popular Annan Athletic Soccer Schools with SFA coaches and appearances by first team players.

Annan and District Athletic Club coaches held run, jump and throw athletic sessions and in both Langholm and Lochmaben there was Charlie Shepherd’s Boxing Champ’s Camp with the ex-IBO World Super Featherweight Champion.

A Scottish Rugby Festival was held in Langholm with local development officer, Niall Cubbon and in Annan there was the Olympic sport of fencing with Scottish Fencing coach Judith Holmes and a table tennis camp with Scottish Internationalist, Callum Main at Newington Sports and Leisure Centre.

The tennis festival with Tennisscotland’s development manager, Mike Cohen, was a huge success and there was a big turnout for Lacrosse with national development officer, Andrew Mackintosh.

Gymnastic workshops for beginners and developers were organised by Scottish Gymnastics and coaches from Lockerbie Curling Club passed on curling and ice skating skills.

Golf fans enjoyed two trips to Turnberry Golf Club and another trip was organised for Portland Snooker Club in Carlisle where children received coaching from former Scottish Internationalist and Junior Scotland team manager, Paul Jamieson.

The academy was financially backed by Energy Solutions, Annandale and Eskdale’s Area Committee and The Andrew Stevenson Foundation.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard