From double acts to multi-sport teams at major events, Scotland’s team sports have given the nation a lot to celebrate over the past year. From a lengthy list of nominations, three superb finalists have been shortlisted for the title of Team of the Year at the 2017 Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards on 21 September.
Scotland Women’s Football, Scotland Men’s Rugby Sevens and Celtic Football Club are vying for the prestigious award sponsored by PSL Team Sports and Canterbury of New Zealand.
Shortlisted for a second year in succession, the Scotland National Women’s Football team have had a standout 12 months. Following a successful qualifying campaign which saw them win seven of their eight games, they took their place at Euro 2017, their first ever major championship. Improving with each game throughout the group stages, they ended their campaign on a high with a 1-0 win over higher ranked Spain, missing out on progressing to the knockout stages by a single goal. The team now turn their attentions to qualifying for the 2019 World Cup.
The first Scottish team to beat New Zealand in 112 years, delivering a breath-taking performance in the quarter-finals, Scotland Men’s Rugby Sevens stormed to a magnificent defence of their London 7s title. Buoyed by their historic win over the All Blacks, they beat USA with the final touch of the ball in the semi-final before triumphing over hosts England in the final. It capped a fantastic season which saw them qualify for both the World Cup in San Francisco and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
With a 2-1 win over Aberdeen to lift the Scottish Cup, Celtic FC completed the season unbeaten in domestic football to claim the fourth treble in their history. The first team to go an entire Scottish top-flight league season without a defeat since 1898–99, they took the Premiership title, League Cup and Scottish Cup with an overall record of 43 wins, 4 draws, and no defeats against domestic opponents.
Paul Bush, Chairman, Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “Teamwork is at the heart of all Team Scotland activity, with our ‘One Team’, ethos at the Commonwealth Games and our close relationships with governing bodies, partners and sponsors. The finalists in this category represent the best of team working and their historic achievements are testament to this. I congratulate them all on their success and look forward to celebrating with them on what will be a memorable and inspirational night.”
PSL Team Sports, together with Canterbury of New Zealand, sponsor of the Team of the Year Award for a second year and Rennie Keith, Sales Director at PSL Team Sports is pleased to extend the already successful partnership between PSL, CCC and Team Scotland.
“We are delighted to support the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards and to sponsor the Team of the Year award,” he said.
“All the finalists have delivered unforgettable performances this year and are a real inspiration to us all. At PSL and Canterbury of New Zealand, we pride ourselves on our quality, value for money products and our partner services. Team Scotland is a valued partner having worked together to provide Team Wear since the Glasgow 2014 Games and we look forward to delivering quality and unique Team Wear for the Gold Coast Games in 2018. PSL and CCC have a strong relationship with many Scottish sports and are proud to develop innovative, eye catching ranges of Team and supporter products.’’
Winners across all award categories will be crowned at the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards in a star-studded celebration of Scottish sport on 21 September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.