Borders & East Lothian Academy


Borders & East Lothian Academy

The Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy for the Borders & East Lothian operates from the Netherdale Campus in Galashiels, and was the fourth and final facility to be announced.

Made possible through a partnership with Heriot-Watt University, Borders College, Gala Junior Rugby Council and Live Borders, the academy staff and players have access to state-of-the-art gym facilities at TriFitness and the 3G pitch at Fairydean, while University provide office, rehab and medical space.

The consequence of these partners coming together across the region is that the required facilities are now available to support players towards their ambition of professional rugby and playing for Scotland.

Each individual part of the campus provides excellent facilities that will allow the players to work hard towards developing all aspects of their performance and continue to contribute to the strong rugby tradition in the region.

Stage three (full-time) players:

Finlay Scott (Southern Knights), Rory Darge (Southern Knights), Roan Frostwick (Watsonians Rugby), Jacob Henry (Southern Knights), Nathan Sweeney (Heriot’s Rugby).

Academy-supported players:

Archie Bogle (Melrose / Duns), Scott Clark (Preston Lodge), Keiran Clarke (Earlston HS / Melrose), Sam Derrick (Earlston HS / Melrose), Patrick Harrison (Peebles), Thomas Jeffrey (Jed Forest), James Johnstone (Preston Lodge), Vangel Kacori (Watsonians), Matthew Kindness (Kelso), Ben Pickles (Preston Lodge), Matt Reid (Galashiels Academy / Wanderers), Lana Skeldon (DMP Sharks), Mak Wilson (Southern Knights). Corey Tait (Hawick HS / RFC).


Heriot-Watt University, Scottish Borders campus, Galashiels.


Heriot-Watt University, Borders College, Gala Junior Rugby Council and Live Borders.

Coaches and staff:
Chris Dewsnap – Academy Manager
Ryan Crockatt – Physio
Ross Miller – Skills Coach
Greg Smail – Lead S&C Coach
Ross Ford – S&C Coach

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