A WOMAN from Dunblane has been recognised for her efforts going above and beyond to give young people opportunities in sport.

Nicola McDonald won the sportscotland Scottish Sports Futures Awards Spirit of the Year Award 2020.

She has become an integral part of Active Stirling since starting as a modern apprentice in 2015 and has been a sportscotland Young People’s Sport Panel member since 2018 where she has made great strides in ensuring the voice of young people is part of the sporting conversation across Scotland.

Nicola said: "Sport has been a big part of my life and has made me the person I am today. From participating in a variety of sports growing up, to coaching - it has given me the opportunity to make new friends and work in a job that I love.

"Sport can give many people different benefits, but the main one is that it brings people together and allows friendships to form over something they love doing.”

The sportscotland and Scottish Sports Futures Awards 2020 took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on February 28 and showcased how sport can be used for positive social change and celebrate the incredible commitment of the young people who engage in sport through SSF and those who have supported them throughout the year.

Stewart Harris, sportscotland Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted to team up again with Scottish Sports Futures to celebrate the work being done through their initiatives up and down the country.

“Putting young people at the centre of our efforts is a crucial part of what we do. As the national agency for sport we believe strongly that young people should have a voice in sport and be able to access great opportunities and learn important skills.”