A UNIVERSITY of Stirling team scooped a national accolade at the Tennis Scotland Awards 2018.

The Women’s First Team were awarded Team of the Year by Tennis Scotland, the national governing body for tennis, during an awards ceremony held at Gleneagles on April 9.

The players had a triumphant 2018 as they were crowned the champions of the European Universities Games (EUSA) in Portugal and the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) in Sheffield, as well as being runners-up in their national league.

Robert Leck, Club President at Stirling University Tennis Club, said: “It’s an honour for the team to be recognised with this national achievement. It was certainly a fantastic year for them, and we’ve already added to our successful streak by winning the BUCS National Championships.”

The Tennis Scotland Awards 2018 recognised the achievements, work and dedication of individuals, clubs, teams, tournaments and programmes throughout the country during the course of last year.

Tennis Scotland chief executive Blane Dodds praised the high calibre of talent, saying: “Our ambition is to not only harness the success of our players on the world stage, but deliver a legacy that inspires more people across Scotland to play at a local level, and we can only do so with the support of many dedicated coaches, clubs and volunteers like those recognised in our awards.

“I’d like to congratulate the University of Stirling’s women’s team for their well-earned achievement and for everything that they are doing to help encourage more people to pick up a racquet and have some fun.”

Over 70 finalists were shortlisted across 14 different categories, with 10 of the winners now being put forward to the LTA British Tennis Awards. The national finalists will be announced at the end of April.

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