Borders College

College fund helps aspiring student aim for the bullseye

Bradley Wilkie, from Oxton, recently became the first of a number of students to benefit from the Aspire Fund at Borders College.

Photo of Bradley Wilkie with Jorn Monsen

A keen amateur darts player, Bradley had hopes of entering an international darts contest held in Czechoslovakia in November 2017, but the cost of travel and accommodation made this quite an expensive undertaking.

After hearing about the Aspire Fund through the Borders College Students’ Association, Bradley decided to apply for funding to help him cover costs involved in taking part in the Czech Open 2017, and was delighted when he was successfully awarded £150.   As a full-time student, this money came at just the right time to allow Bradley to make arrangements to attend the contest.

The Aspire Fund provides students with extra financial support to help develop a talent or grow skills and/or experience in an area of expertise.  It does not have to be something directly related to their course, but is intended to help the development of an individual (or team) above and beyond that which is currently available within their programme of study.

Bradley, who counts himself among around 30 people who travel to the Czech Open annually from the Scottish Borders (this year saw 1,000 entrants from across the world take part), said:

“The money awarded to me helped me to pay for some new darts equipment as well as going towards my four nights’ accommodation in the Orea Hotel Pyramida.  This was the third year in a row that I have taken part in the Czech Open so I was keen to continue and attend this year again.  My cousin first asked me to go to Prague to play darts – I’d never played before but I enjoyed it and went on to join a darts team.”

After reaching the semi-final on the first day’s warm-up tournament, Bradley suffered defeat on day two but bounced back with a solid result in the final day’s pairs, alongside Norwegian partner Jorn Monsen (who Bradley is pictured with above).

As well as studying towards his NC Business Administration qualification at Borders College, Bradley continues to play darts socially in the Bonnyrigg, Mayfield, Kelso and Musselburgh Leagues, travelling four times a week to take part.

If you are a current student of Borders College and would like to find out more about how the Aspire Fund could help you, visit for more information.

To view the full results from the Czech Open 2017, visit

Published: Tue 9th Jan, 2018