Douglas caps it

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RISING Bearsden squash star Douglas Macmillan looks set for a glittering future in the sport.

He recently returned from Germany where he represented Scotland to gain his first cap.

The Boclair Academy pupil was part of a three-man squad picked to play for Scotland as part of the under 17s European Championships in Munich.

Following this, at the end of last month, Douglas was presented by West of Scotland Squash with their Junior Player of the Year Award. He added to this last week when he collected an East Dunbartonshire Council Achievement Award in recognition of his Scottish cap.

Douglas (16) started playing aged 12 at the Allander Sports Centre in Milngavie where he became part of the junior training squad under long-time and well respected junior coach Norrie Aitchison.

He progressed rapidly under Norrie and soon became part of the West of Scotland Junior set up. The West teams have had an excellent season this year, winning at almost every age group in the inter-regional competitions.

The young squash star now plays at David Lloyd, Anniesland, under the watchful eye of former Essex County player and Harrow coach Jason Broadberry.

He is also a member of the Scottish Talent squad at Herriot Watt University, the centre of excellence for Scottish squash, attending weekend training sessions and summer camps.