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Inverness Tennis and Squash Club nominated for club of the year at Scottish Sports Awards 2023

By Andrew Henderson

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One Inverness club has been shortlisted for a prize at the Scottish Sports Awards 2023.

Inverness Tennis and Squash Club has been nominated alongside Active Life Club (Glasgow), and FC United Powerchair Football Club, (East Dunbartonshire) for Scottish Club of the Year 2023 at the awards, which celebrate the best of Scottish sport at all levels.

Over the past year, Inverness Tennis and Squash Club (ITSC) have developed and grown the Inverness Red Kites, which is an initiative created by the club, to get women and girls playing squash.

The growth and success of the Red Kites is just one example of how Inverness Tennis and Squash Club has been thriving in 2023.
The growth and success of the Red Kites is just one example of how Inverness Tennis and Squash Club has been thriving in 2023.

The group, which is made up of all ages and abilities, provides a safe inclusive environment for women to try a new sport without fear of intimidation, whilst also providing an opportunity for the participants to create friendships.

A lot of this success can be credited to the club’s initiative, of changing the focus away from increasing membership numbers, and instead focusing on participation and opportunities for people.

Chair of sportscotland, Mel Young, said: “This year the judging panel had an incredibly difficult job narrowing down the finalists for each award category, which is testament to the hard work and dedication of athletes, coaches, volunteers, and clubs right across the Scottish sporting system.

“The Scottish Sports Awards provide us with a fantastic opportunity to come together to recognise the efforts of the people who make sport happen and to celebrate success at every level. It’s going to be a wonderful celebration of the power of sport.”

Ian Reid CBE, Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland said, “The breadth and depth of nominations received was truly outstanding in what has been a phenomenal year for Scottish sport.

"From athletes performing at the highest level to the organisations helping people take their first steps into physical activity, the individuals and teams shortlisted represent the absolute pinnacle of achievement.

"Recognition at the Scottish Sports Awards is just reward for their huge contribution, on what will be a memorable night of inspiration and entertainment.”

This year the awards, will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre in an exciting new format where the winners’ stories will be shared on the biggest screen in Scotland.

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