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Players and supporters of Fort William Football Club play a starring role in a new five-part mini series which encapsulates the legacy impact of Scotland’s qualification for UEFA EURO 2020 in communities across the country.
The Land of Football is being aired by the Scottish FA and focuses on the fans that have been inspired by Scotland men’s return to the big stage for the first time in 23 years.
Episode four travels to Fort William, where presenter Chris McQueer chats to fans at one of the most picturesque football pitches in the world – Claggan Park.
Standing in the imposing shadow of Ben Nevis, the stadium has a capacity of 1,300. Players and spectators were shown images of Ottmar Hizfeld stadium in Switzerland – the highest pitch in the world at 2,000 metres above sea level – and asked where they would prefer to be. It was unanimous that while Ottmar was stunning, there wasn’t anywhere better to play and enjoy football than Scotland, with the Grampians providing a positive distraction when the ‘football isn’t great’.
Colin ‘Woody’ Wood from Fort William FC said: ‘Football has, and will continue to be, the heart of Fort William. It brings people together and I mean, why wouldn’t it with such a fantastic pitch to play on.
‘It has been great to be involved in these videos and be asked by the Scottish FA to showcase the ground and passion of the community.’
Coinciding with the launch of the governing body’s new strategic plan The Power of Football, the mini-series showcases the many ways in which football inspires people in everyday life: boys and girls, men and women of all ages.
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive, commented: ‘Qualifying for EURO 2020 gives us a real platform on which to strengthen the foundations of the national game.
‘Football generates more than £1bn of social return on investment in this country and I’m pleased that we could share the uplifting stories across the country during the tournament.
‘The power of Scottish football will not only endure throughout the tournament, it will go much further beyond.’
Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport believes that the series of films highlights the power that football brings to communities and the passion of supporters in Scotland.
‘With strong ties to clubs, communities and national teams, often spanning generations – is an exhilarating force,’ she added.
Other videos in the series include:
• Getting the thoughts on the world’s oldest football nation from some of Scotland’s youngest fans in Stirling
• A visit to Dyce Boys’ Club in Aberdeen to understand the importance of grassroots as one of their graduates’ step onto the big stage
• Hearing from a true Scotland legend, and someone who has played in front of sell-out crowds – Stuart McCall, as he tells us how vital it is to have fans back in stadiums in Glasgow
• Listening to fans of Dundee and Dundee United on how they put their rivalries to one side in support of the Tartan Army
You can watch the video and the series at: https://euro2020.scottishfa.co.uk/national-tour/