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Since launching in January, Oban Ladies Squash Team have enjoyed meteoric success on the west of Scotland circuit.
Having won five from six matches played so far, they are gaining a reputation of being a ‘must play’ target nationally.
Success on the court is being matched in other areas.
A recent media campaign for a Bootcamp Weekend, sponsored by Neil McGougan Building contractor Ltd, which attracted 27 participants, earned the team recognition from Scottish Squash.
The bootcamp took place during Women’s Squash Week when clubs across the country were invited to hold and run an event to celebrate the sport.
Following successful publicity of the event via the team’s social media platforms, managed by the team’s press officer Charmaine Love, the sport’s national body has awarded the team an exclusive coaching resource in acknowledgement of its commitment to promoting ladies squash.
Team coach Colin MacNiven told The Oban Times: ‘This year’s results have been phenomenal considering we only launched the team in January.
‘As a team and individually, the ladies have shown they can compete to an extremely high standard.
‘We were delighted to be recognised by Scottish Squash. It is testament to the commitment of the team on and off the court.’
Competing against teams from Dollar, Dunblane, Scotstoun and Helensburgh, Oban Ladies regularly field three teams of five players with highlights this year including winning the overall Central Championship at Bridge of Allan and winning two from three sections at an inter-club competition at Glasgow’s Maryhill Club, Scotland’s oldest squash club.
Such is the high standard within the Oban club, competition for places is fierce.
‘Currently we have 22 ladies regularly training, which is a fantastic number for a small town, added Colin.
‘Selecting teams for matches can sometimes be a bit of a headache but it’s a good problem to have and makes everyone put in that extra bit effort in training.’
The team are now looking forward to their next competitive match against Dunblane on December 8.