The Edinburgh Sports Awards have been created to recognise excellence, achievement and development by Edinburgh’s sports people.

A huge number of nominations for all categories were received for the awards, created by Club Sport Edinburgh, Edinburgh Leisure, and the City of Edinburgh Council,

The selection panel had an extremely difficult task selecting the final three nominees in each category. However, at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 28th October at Broughton High School, football featured highly with five shortlisted nominations across four awards categories.

Volunteer of the Year Award Winner: Issie Blue (Currie Star YFC)

Issie has been involved with Currie Star YFC for over six years and carries out a wide-range of duties including treasurer and administrator for the club. Issie played a key role in helping the club achieve their Scottish FA Quality Mark award last year and also finds the time to clean out the changing rooms and run the club’s tuck shop weekly fundraiser.

Club of the Year Winner: North Merchiston Sports Club

One of Edinburgh’s oldest and most established sports clubs, having been in existence since 1921, North merchiston offers a huge range of sports including Badminton, Table Tennis, Football, Dance and Martial Arts. Over the past eighteen months the Club’s membership has grown by over 80% and they were one of Edinburgh’s first clubs to achieve the Scottish FA Quality Mark Standard Awards.

The following volunteers and players were runners-up on the evening;

Coach of the Year Runners-up : John Brock (Currie Star YFC) & Kevin Rowe (HotScots FC)

Club of the Year Runner-up: Lothian Special Olympics Football Club

Sports Academy Athlete of the Year Runner-up: Lizzie Arnot (Hutchison Vale FC)

A special congratulations goes to Lizzie Arnot of Hutchison Vale FC who was runner-up in the Sports Academy of the Year Award.

Lizzie is a member of the Scottish FA South East Regional Squad and has recently been selected for the Scottish U15 National team as well as the Scottish Schools U15 National Team. A tremendous achievement for the 3rd Year Forrester High School pupil and we wish her the best of luck in her upcoming international matches.