The NRS Scottish Sporting Awards have announced 2018’s nominations for Team Performance of the Year to be; Celtic FC, Scottish Men’s Hockey Team, Glasgow Warriors and Scottish & GB Women’s Curling Team.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland, Scotland’s largest music therapy charity, will host the NRS Scottish Sporting Awards for the ceremony’s 2nd year at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh on Friday 23rd March 2018, supported by The Sunday Post and Ennova Law.

The inaugural year saw Scottish sports icons such as Dame Katherine GraingerJohn Hartson and Neil Fachie collect awards, whilst raising vital funds for Nordoff Robbins Scotland. The awards will honour and celebrate the phenomenal achievements of Scottish sports stars from across professional, amateur and parasport as the ceremony rewards coaches, individuals and teams across the country.

Nominees for the Team Performance of the Year award are; Celtic FC, Scottish Men’s Hockey Team, Glasgow Warriors and Scottish & GB Women’s Curling Team.

2017 saw Celtic Football Club celebrate the 50th anniversary of their European Cup win, reach the group stages of the UEFA Champion’s League and win an Invincible Treble, all while the Glasgow club went undefeated in domestic tournaments. The team won the Scottish treble for only the fourth time in the club’s history and Brendan Rogers’ men dominated across the board in Scottish football. The Hoops set a new precedent, going 69 domestic games without a loss, and beating the UK record, set by the club themselves, in 1917. For a squad who make and break their own records regularly, a nomination for Team Performance of the Year at the NRS Scottish Sporting Awards is well and truly deserved.

Next on the nomination list are the Scottish Men’s Hockey Team, who have brought the sport to the forefront in Scotland over the past year. The ‘Blue Sticks’ won the Men’s EuroHockey Championship II, became the first Scottish team to qualify for the World League semi-final and for the first time since 2005, qualified for the top tier of European hockey all while rising significantly in the world rankings to 23rd in the world.

Glasgow Warriors are once again nominated for Team Performance of the Year, after they became the first Scottish team to win a major trophy in rugby union’s professional era in the Pro12. The club’s success has meant there are now a record number of season ticket holders for Glasgow Warriors and the team are currently top in the Pro14 standings.

Last but not least, the Scottish & GB Women’s Curling Team are the final nominees for Team Performance of the Year at the 2018 NRS Scottish Sporting Awards. Scotland’s curling team is captained by none other than Eve Muirhead, who became the youngest skip ever to win an Olympic curling medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and this year takes part in her 3rd Olympics, at the young age of 27. Team Muirhead won bronze at the 2017 World Championships and gold at the European Championships, ensuring they head into the Winter Olympics at the very top of their game.

The event in 2017 was the first of its kind in Edinburgh and, along with the SSE Scottish Music Awards held annually in Glasgow, contributes to the £450,000 that Nordoff Robbins Scotland must raise every year in order to reach those who need their services the most. Most of the charity’s clients are children under 12 and music therapists work with people isolated by disability or illness, whether children with autism or adults with dementia, with demand for the service rising every year.

2017’s NRS Scottish Sporting Awards winners included Partick Thistle Amputee FC, for Team Performance of the Year, Dunfermline-born footballer Caroline Weir for the Sporting Breakthrough AwardNeil Fachie for Male Parasport Personality of the Year and sporting legends such as Dame Katherine Grainger who collected the Outstanding Contribution to Sport plus Alex McLeish for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Nordoff Robbins Scotland are delighted to once again partner with Scotland’s favourite family newspaper, The Sunday Post for 2018’s awards, where readers can access exclusive interviews and shortlists prior to the event.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland is the largest music therapy charity in Scotland and is dedicated to using the power of music to change lives. Music therapy can make a profound difference to wellbeing and quality of life for both the beneficiary of the treatment and their family, which is why NRS are passionately committed to making music change lives.

The prestigious awards dinner promises to be a fantastic night, supported by businesses and organisations from across Scotland, as well as some familiar faces, all joining together to celebrate the need to support sport in Scotland whilst simultaneously raising money for the charity.

Ten awards will be issued on the night by sporting celebrities alongside the sponsors of each award:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Outstanding Contribution to Sport

Team Performance of the Year

Ambassadors of Sport Award

Coach of the Year

Sporting Breakthrough Award

Parasport Personality of the Year (M)

Parasport Personality of the Year (F)

Unsung Sporting Hero Award

Action Sports Award

Nordoff Robbins Scotland vision is a world where music therapy is available to all who need it and to achieve this, your support is vital.

If you would like to attend this exciting event to fund life-changing therapy sessions for vulnerable children and adults across Scotland, Nordoff Robbins Scotland would love to hear from you, please visit the website for more details.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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