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WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR TURNS 30

In 1989 True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny was named the inaugural winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.  Co-authored by Daniel Topolski and Patrick Robinson it shone a light on the extraordinary events leading up to the 1987 Boat Race. 
Thus began what is now the world’s longest established and most valuable – not to mention coveted – prize in sports writing which on Tuesday 27th November will see a 30th book join an illustrious list of winning publications. 
Ahead of a reception at BAFTA in London’s West End to announce the 2018 winner, we spoke to co-founder and chair of the judges Graham Sharpe to find out more about an awards that just keeps on giving for sports fans everywhere who like nothing more than a classic read to complement […]

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    MEET SHAUNAUGH BROWN – HARLEQUINS RUGBY PLAYER AND FIREFIGHTER EXTRAORDINAIRE

MEET SHAUNAUGH BROWN – HARLEQUINS RUGBY PLAYER AND FIREFIGHTER EXTRAORDINAIRE

The new Tyrrells Premier 15s campaign is underway and this weekend sees one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season as Harlequins Ladies welcome Saracens Women to The Stoop. 
A repeat of last year’s inaugural final – won 24-20 by Saracens in a thrilling encounter – it’s the first time the teams have met this season in the Premier 15s which showcases the elite of England women’s club rugby.
Ahead of this Saturday’s showdown we caught up with Jack Fallon, member of the Harlequins communications team, who gave us a fascinating insight into the life of Harlequins back-row and firefighter Shaunagh Brown (main picture – photo courtesy of Getty Images for Harlequins) following her meteoric rise from novice to international rugby player having only taken up the game in 2015.

In an age obsessed with team-no-sleep hashtags and […]

Prudential RideLondon – Spectator Guide

The massively popular Prudential RideLondon takes place this weekend.  100,000 cyclists will be hitting the roads – many of which will be closed across London and Surrey – as part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. 
We caught up with Clare Dewey who lives on the course and is the founder of Epic Road Rides, the travel website for road cyclists.  Clare shared her insights on the RideLondon events not to be missed, where to watch them and who to look out for in the Saturday and Sunday’s elite races … 

If you’re into cycling, this is your chance to see some of cycling’s superstars in action.  Both the men and women’s professional races are at World Tour level.  This is the highest grading on the world cycling calendar and means some of the world’s best riders will […]

THE RISE AND RISE OF WOMEN’S SPORT IN SCOTLAND – PART 1

You don’t have to listen too carefully to hear the ever-increasing sound of the sporting waves being made by women’s sport.  
A sea change is well and truly underway as the penny continues to drop women’s sport is the entertainment equal of its male counterparts.  And after the recent marking of International Women’s Day what better time to take a tour of spectator landscape in Scotland with Part 1 of our look at the rich crop of talented sportswomen ready to entertain from the world of basketball, curling, football, GAA, netball, roller derby, rugby, shinty & volleyball.  Read on for the sporting lowdown and to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action subscribe now to our free weekly newsletter.

Netball was a revelation at Glasgow 2014 drawing sell-out crowds in excess of 30,000.  Since then the national side, […]

SPORTONSPEC LONDON LAUNCH HAS LIFT-OFF

All was revealed at House of Sport when SportonSpec London celebrated its launch in the presence of a hat-trick of stars led by Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Zoe Smith. 
A mystery evening of sporting ‘in conversation with’ had promised to showcase three different sports – by way of a London 2012 Olympian, iconic annual event and club – and it proved a hit with the audience who were given an intriguing insight into a mixture of spectator action all with a London flavour.

Rowing – Doggett’s Coat and Race Badge

Leading the way at the event hosted on the top floor of House of Sport overlooking the Shard – the first shared office block entirely dedicated to the sector – was Simon McCarthy, Master Company of Watermen and Lightermen, who regaled the audience with his unique […]

IN PRAISE OF HIGHLAND GAMES – A NEW SEASON DAWNS

There’s plenty of sporting reasons to be cheerful as spring reaches out to summer each year – and none more so than a changing in the weather heralding the onset of another season of to celebrate one of the great traditions of Highland culture in Scotland. 
If a passing tourist was to stop and ask what can they expect from a visit to nearby Highland Games to use the description a mini-Olympics wouldn’t be a bad starting point.  Each historic meet having its own unique personality and typically encompassing a variety of sport including track and field and cycling, not to mention heavy events such as tug-o-war and the caber toss.  Add in the Opening/Closing Cermony features – otherwise known as the Chieftain’s Parade with massed bands and Highland dancing – and a trip to the Highland […]

SCOTTISH BOXING. FROM THE HYDRO TO EVER-INCREASING HEIGHTS

When Ricky Burns created boxing history at the end of May – beating Italy’s Michele Di Rocco at The SSE Hydro to become Scotland’s first three-weight world champion – it was a timely reminder of a sport going from strength to strength since it last hit the front and back pages during Glasgow 2014, when lightweight Charlie Flynn and light-welterweight Josh Taylor captivated the country in winning Commonwealth Games gold for Scotland.
There’s nothing quite like the atmosphere at a boxing show to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, and with Burns due to defend his title at the Hydro at the beginning of October – heralding the start of an exciting new season – we take a whistle-stop tour through the ages of Scottish boxing, before reflecting on the current […]

TIME TO GET IN THE SWING FOR THE NEW SCOTTISH GOLF SEASON!

2016 is a big year for golf.  An Olympic appearance, the Ryder Cup, it promises to be a year to remember and no where is the spectator landscape more appealing than in Scotland, The Home of Golf, where over the next few months global stars present, future and past will ply their trade on some of the country’s finest courses. 
Last week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open lit the fuse perfectly for a summer and autumn of  tournament action, the Castle Stuart Golf Links (main picture) providing a spectacular backdrop to some world-class action which saw Sweden’s Alex Noren secure the silverware.  Credit must go to EventScotland and VisitScotland who are instrumental in bringing a rich variety of world-class tournaments to Scotland.  We take a look below at the action in store, and bring you the latest spectator information, starting […]

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    THE COUNTDOWN TO THE 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS HAS BEGUN – 8 REASONS TO SAVOUR A FESTIVAL OF SPORT HEADING TO SCOTLAND!

THE COUNTDOWN TO THE 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS HAS BEGUN – 8 REASONS TO SAVOUR A FESTIVAL OF SPORT HEADING TO SCOTLAND!

The recent launch of the European Championships ‘Mark of a Champion’ logo was a cue to contemplate what promises to be a unique festival of sporting entertainment taking place in Scotland in 2018.
Not without good reason was the Commonwealth Games in 2014 described as the best Games ever – or “pure, dead, brilliant” to use the offical description – and the conception of the new European Championships and decision to choose Glasgow as a host city for 6 of the 7 sports means a major multi-sport event is once again on the horizon. 

Read on for our 8 reasons to savour the summer of 2018 and the celebration of top-class sport in store!

1.  The build-up  Often the sporting journey is half the fun as the arrival and that’s never truer when anticipation of a major event […]

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    SCOTTISH CURLING. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT: FOR 2016 AND BEYOND!

SCOTTISH CURLING. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT: FOR 2016 AND BEYOND!

The recent announcement by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club ahead of for February’s Scottish Curling Championships – tickets are now on sale for the both the women’s and men’s finals taking place on 20th February – heralds a superb era of spectator action for curling that is set to continue well beyond 2016.
The prospect of seeing the cream of Scottish talent on the ice in Perth is an enticing one for fans, as was the news earlier in 2015 that in partnership with Royal Caledonian Curling Club, UK Sport, and partners in Renfrewshire, Aberdeen, Stirling and Glasgow, EventScotland has secured four curling championships for Scotland. The championships in question being the 2016 European Curling Championships, 2018 World Junior Curling Championships, 2019 World Wheelchair Curling Championship and 2020 World Men’s Curling Championship.

The Scottish Curling Championships 2016, the flagship event of the domestic […]

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