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Music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins Scotland have announced the inaugural 2017 NRS Scottish Sporting Awards at Prestontfield House, Edinburgh on Friday 10th March 2017. The awards will celebrate and reward the outstanding achievements of Scotland’s exceptional sporting stars from across disabled, professional and amateur sport.

Nordoff Robbins are delighted to be partnering with Scotland’s favourite family newspaper, The Sunday Post for this year’s awards, where readers can find exclusive interviews and shortlists ahead of the event.

Donald MacLeod, chairman of Nordoff Robbins Scotland and Sunday Post columnist said:

“The Nordoff Robbins Scottish Sporting Awards are a fantastic addition to our calendar of events for this year, there is so much excitement around the sporting talent coming out of Scotland at the moment and we can’t wait to celebrate those achievements with our partners and, as always, a fantastic crowd of people on the night.”

Sunday Post editor, Richard Prest, said:

“We are delighted to be involved in these prestigious awards which will raise funds for such a fantastic charity.

“Scotland has a proud tradition of producing outstanding results in sport, be it in the pool or on the athletics track. It will also be great to celebrate the unsung heroes out there – the coaches who play a crucial role in developing our sporting heroes.”

Just as sport benefits participants’ health, fitness, confidence and overall wellbeing so does the music therapy provided by Nordoff Robbins Scotland to over 400 people throughout the country on a weekly basis.

Tom Ponton, chairman of the East of Scotland fundraising committee:

“This is a new fundraising event in Edinburgh for the charity which has held the successful Scottish Music Awards in Glasgow for over 18 years.  We wanted to do something a bit different but equally high quality. Nordoff Robbins has recently opened a new centre in Edinburgh where music therapy sessions are offered to people of all ages facing a range of health challenges.”

Nordoff Robbins Scotland is the largest music therapy charity in Scotland and is dedicated to using the power of music to change lives. The therapists work with people of all ages who are isolated by disability or illness, from children with autism to adults with dementia, music therapy can make a profound difference to wellbeing and quality of life for both the beneficiary of the treatment and their family, which is why Nordoff Robbins are passionately committed to making music change lives.

Parent of Nordoff Robbins Scotland client said: 

“My young daughter has multiple complex health difficulties which include severe visual impairment, widespread brain abnormalities and epilepsy. Her responses in the sessions are amazing and have moved me to tears. She demonstrates clear enjoyment and engagement in the sessions. Music has become very much part of our home life.”

The awards dinner promises to be an unmissable night,  supported by businesses and organisations from across the country as well as a few well known faces, all celebrating the importance of supporting sport and its participants in Scotland.

Ten awards from the following categories will be issued on the night by sporting celebrities alongside the sponsors of each award:


Lifetime Achievement Award

Outstanding Contribution to Sport

Team Performance of the Year

Ambassadors of Sport Award

Coach of the Year

Sporting Breakthrough Award

Parasport Personality of the Year (M)

Parasport Personality of the Year (F)

Unsung Sporting Hero Award

Action Sports Award


Demand for Nordoff Robbins Scotland’s music therapy continues to rise and the charity must raise £500,000 a year to ensure they reach those who need them most. Nordoff Robbins’ vision is a world where music therapy is available to all who need it and to achieve this, your support is vital.

If you would like to attend this exciting new event to fund life-changing therapy sessions for vulnerable children and adults across Scotland, Nordoff Robbins Scotland would love to hear from you, please visit the website for more details or contact Simon Foy at .

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