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Bluefin Sport to present Governing Body of the Year Award

The Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards will be celebrating all that’s great about Scottish sport and will also provide the chance to be part of the first official celebrations of Scots on Team GB and Paralympics GB’s return from Rio.

 Bluefin Sport is proud to be sponsoring and presenting the award for Governing Body of the Year  at the event to be held on Wednesday 28th September.Netball Scotland, Scottish Athletics and Boxing Scotland are the finalists from a strong list of nominees representing the array of excellent initiatives undertaken by Scottish sporting bodies over the last year.

 Netball Scotland has helped to raise the profile of the sport through a number of newly launched programmes including Bounce Back to Netball which has helped the sport reach wider rural and island communities. Membership has grown significantly since the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow including 35% last year and the national team have also managed to rank inside the world top ten.

 Scottish Athletics has had a similarly fruitful year with plenty of medals at World, European and Commonwealth events. 15 Olympians were chosen to represent the country at Rio 2016, more than any previous games, and 6 are taking part at the Paralympic games. The national strategy to ‘Perform When It Counts’ has seen impressive competition entry numbers with over 120,000 athletes participating in Scottish Athletics permit events.

 Boxing Scotland had no less success with impressive work done to launch a new online members’ portal revolutionising the way clubs interact with the governing body. Membership numbers have continued to grow, including 38% increase in the number of registered female boxers as well as a new initiative called ‘Knockout Boxing’ to provide an open environment for the LGBT community.

 Paul Bush OBE, Chairman, Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “Governing bodies sit at the heart of Scottish sport, putting in place pathways for athletes, coaches and officials from their very first contact with the sport through to achieving their aspirations at international level. Our three finalists stand out for their innovative approach and commitment to the development of their respective sports and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards on 28 September.”

 Ray Brown, Head of Sport Scotland, Bluefin Sport commented: “It is a distinct honour and a pleasure for us to present this award on the 28th September to one of these three exceptional governing bodies. Each has shown unparalleled commitment and effort to reach new heights for sport in Scotland and we wish all three the very best of luck. As one of the UK’s leading insurance brokers, we are delighted to be involved and to present our expertise in risk management and insurance solutions to allow sporting bodies to continue to deliver success.”