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This is the Blitz's annual end of season celebration which sees the players and volunteers being rewarded for their efforts and achievements throughout the season. The Blitz is a charity and finds that this event is a great way of furthering its objectives of promoting citizenship and community spirit by pulling all of the Inverness Blitz teams/projects together for one event. It gives players the chance to celebrate their achievements and have a sense of purpose and something to aim for. This can aid in keeping people involved in the sport and also attracting new players and volunteers. The BLITZ AWARDS also allows us to thank our sponsors and to gain publicity/support to further our goals.
The BLITZ AWARDS were developed in 2004 when we did simple video edits of players achievements throughout the season. This grew into a bigger show in 2005 with the introduction of better awards, guest presenters, lighting and pyrotechnics. The event developed further in 2006 with character / presenters interacting with the screen and even appearing and disappearing off stage. In 2007 the format was improved and the introduction of a crowd warm up pre-show (in the format of a Borat impersonator – interacting with the audience) was a great hit with the crowd. In 2008 it was Captain Jack Sparrow that terrorised the audience and was taken down by the Highland Wildcats Mascot Rocky on the back of a Harley Davidson motorbike!
Each year we want to develop the event and it has evolved over the years into an event that is met with anticipation and excitement by all members and friends and family.
We advertise the event with our members and sponsors at practices and games and through emails and on our website. We are also active in schools and youth clubs and promote our events at these locations. The local newspapers have advertised the event in the past and will continue to do so this year. The Inverness Blitz has had slots on STV previously and hope to do so again this year.
The Inverness Blitz works to get young people and other members of the community involved in sport from all different backgrounds and sporting abilities. With an event like the BLITZ AWARDS it allows us to reward and encourage our members and volunteers and can retain people’s involvement in sport and therefore keep them active and involved in their community. For example from last year’s event we gained somebody who became a fulltime volunteer working with the Blitz on the ProjectScotland programme. This young person, Duncan Wood, commented, ‘I was thinking about volunteering with the Inverness Blitz and ProjectScotland as a gap year activity to gain experience in coaching and sport. After going to the BLITZ AWARDS I was convinced this is what I wanted to do as I could see all of the great work the Blitz does in the community and the fun that its volunteers and members have throughout the year!’
The BLITZ AWARDS also allows us to attract attention to our organisation by showing what we do in a spectacular show. For example the Chief Executive of sportscotland attended the BLITZ AWARDS 2006 and said, ‘in the 25 years I have been involved in sport I have never seen anything better than this.’ Having this sort of support from somebody like Stewart Harris can only be of benefit to our club and the community!
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Youth Squad 2013
Wildcats 40:6 Wolves - 27/4
Junior Squad 2013
Bobcats 24:18 Wildcats - 5/5
Senior Squad 2011
Reivers 12:34 Wildcats - 31/7
Youth Squad 2011
Wolves 14:20 Wildcats - 2/6
(j) Leeds Bobcats @ Highland Wildcats - 26/5
(y) East Kilbride Pirates Tournament - 1/6
(j) Lancashire Wolverines @ Highland Wildcats - 2/6
(y) Edinburgh Wolves Tournament - 15/6
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