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Oban’s women’s squash club has revealed a new look and name.
Now officially Oban Ravens, the Atlantis Leisure Centre-based squad got first sight of its beak-sharp new branding and identity at an unveiling on Tuesday by coach Colin MacNiven.
The revamped image has stayed top-secret in boxes at Mr MacNiven’s home for 18 months during the pandemic after Covid brought meet-ups and competitions to an abrupt halt.
The team had been playing in heavy competitions right until ‘the very last gasp,’ he said.
But this week the boxes were finally opened, t-shirts and hoodies tried on and the specially-made banners also bearing the names of the Oban Ravens’ multiple sponsors proudly shown off.
Coach MacNiven has high hopes for the new branding, saying: ‘It’ll makes them even keener, more excited and others will want to join us when they see the girls going about in their gear. It’ll create a demand.’
With the branding backing, the sky’s the limit for the Ravens.
‘My goal is for them to travel a bit further than before; to Inverness, the Borders, Newcastle. It’s big out there,’ he added.
The squad’s next competition will be at Scotstoun, Glasgow.
Paying tribute to the Ravens, coach MacNiven said: ‘They never miss training; their dedication is great but it works both ways, you have to put it in to get it back.’
He told the squad: ‘From now on you will always be known as an Oban Raven. Fly and play like a raven and everyone will want to be a raven.’
The strong brand name will enhance the competitive side of the squad, upping the game and successes ahead.
All team members were involved in bringing in sponsorship worth thousands of pounds – there were so many backers that all their names could not fit on just one shirt.
The sponsors are EE-USK, Scottish Sea Farms, MacQueen Bros Charitable Trust, Argyll Beats Cardiovascular Disease, Mowi, Arnold Clark, 305Squash, Bays-Bens Holidays, MacNiven Electrics, Jackson Bros Butchers Oban, Kilchoan Estate, Puffin Dive Centre Oban, Auchentullich Farm Shop and M.
There are about 20 regular members of the squad, sectioned in A, B and C teams.
More players are welcome to join them, ages so far are between 20s and 50-plus, with regular training sessions – everyone is welcome.