FORMER Gala and Scotland rugby star Chris Paterson was back in his hometown this week ahead of the annual BBC Children in Need.

The record capped rugby player visited the TD1 Youth Hub to see how funding from the charity makes a difference to disadvantaged children and young people in the area.

TD1 Youth Hub currently receives a three year grant of £77,559 from BBC Children in Need.

Chris told the Border Telegraph: “When BBC Children in Need invited me back to my hometown of Galashiels to visit TD1 Youth Hub and see first-hand the work that the charity supports, I couldn’t resist!

"I got to teach some of the young people a few rugby tricks, and it was great to see how even a warm-up game brings the young people such joy."

TD1 provides outdoor and sporting activities for vulnerable young people.

Each young person supported by the project faces their own distinct challenge - some come from families with very limited financial means, some face isolation or difficult situations at home that impact on their aspirations and educational attainment.

However, the project provides a space where young people can forget about their daily stresses and focus on activities that boost their confidence, and allows them to socialise and make friends.

Whilst Chris was at the Youth Hub the young people were able to experience a session of rugby training with the former professional rugby union player, who is now ambassador and specialist coach for Scotland and Edinburgh Rugby Union.

Chris added: “Being involved in sport from such a young age was brilliant - it gave me a chance to broaden my horizons through travel and gave me the opportunity to meet lots of new people, not to mention the many health benefits to staying active.

"Sports, fitness and spending time outdoors are just some of the many opportunities available at TD1, and it’s all thanks to you."

Across Scotland, BBC Children in Need currently funds 290 projects to the value of £17.7million.