Melrose Sevens shortlisted for Scottish award

The exciting range of Scotland’s sporting events will be in the spotlight at this year’s Scottish Thistle Awards.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 1:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 16th January 2020, 1:40 pm
Action from last year's final between winners London Scottish, in dark blue, and Edinburgh Accies (archive image by Bill McBurnie)

Three events – including the Melrose Sevens – are shortlisted in the category for Best Sporting Event, and a special award will be made for outstanding performance from a sporting event on the international stage.

Melrose Sevens, Salomon Skyline Scotland and Aberlour Highland Games will battle it out to be crowned the Best Sporting Event at the ceremony, which is to be held on March 5 at the EICC.

This category celebrates recurring events that are part of our ongoing tourism offering which include, inspire and involve all participants, whether local or visiting and provide a platform for Scotland to show off its greatest features.

Melrose Sevens – the oldest rugby competition in the world – attracts more than 10,000 visitors to The Greenyards, the home of the shortened game.

The event shines a light on Scotland’s rugby heritage and judges were impressed by the key themes of inclusivity and participation in 2019.

The shortlist showcases the breadth and variety of successful sporting events that take place annually and biennially in Scotland and highlight all that these events contribute to the Scottish tourism industry.

Scotland is also host for many one-off major sporting events that showcase Scotland as the perfect stage for events internationally.

A special award will also be made to recognise outstanding performance from one of 2019’s international sporting events. This award will be announced on the night.