FOR college mates Robin Floyd and Josh Leslie, there’s no bridge too far when it comes to their pursuit of roller hockey success.
And they will prove the point next Saturday by completing a tough fundraising challenge, roller-skating across both Tay and Forth Bridges twice in a bid to raise enough cash to make a dream trip come true.
After travelling back and forth to Sheffield numerous times to take part in trials, both have been rewarded with selection to play for Great Britain Under 16s at the Junior Olympics taking place in California, USA in July.
But since roller hockey is not a recognised sport with any official UK body, and therefore ineligible for government grants, both players have to raise £3000 to self-fund the trip to America.
Both lads play for Levenmouth Cougars in the BIPHA Scottish Division, and club coach Lee Brotherston told SportsPress: “It’s a shame that they cannot get any funding, but they are keen to raise as much money as they can to help their parents pay for the trip.
“Roller hockey has really taken off, not only in the UK but worldwide, but we need the sport to be recognised so we can start attracting some funding.”
Former St. Andrew’s High schoolboy Robin (16) and ex-Auchmuty pupil Josh (16) are both first year students at Adam Smith College, while they also play ice hockey in Kirkcaldy, but coach Lee reckons they are the hottest young roller hockey prospects around.
“There aren’t two better roller hockey players in Britain at their age,” he said. “They are the main boys on the British team.
“They’ve been down to all the trials and they stand out a mile.
“Josh is improving at ice hockey and has recently got his chance to train up with the Fife Flyers, although Robin is probably just as good but hasn’t been given the chance yet.”
Robin, from Woodside, Glenrothes and Josh, who lives in Leslie, will complete their Forth and Tay Bridge fundraising skate next Saturday, February 19.
Coach Lee added: “It will be pretty hard going for them, especially with the incline on the bridges.
“They will be doing 11.2 miles in total. I don’t know how many miles players rack up during a game of roller hockey, but that’s a lot.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Robin and Josh should contact Lee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.