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Dyce Boys Club
The latest film focuses on the importance of grassroots football and how it has helped provide the foundation for Scotland men’s return to the big stage for the first time in 23 years. Episode 2 travels to Aberdeen, where presenter Jean Johansson meets Len Nicol, head coach at Dyce Boys Club. Dyce is famed for nurturing a number of Scotland’s biggest stars including; Stuart Armstrong, Scott Booth, Russell Anderson and Graeme and Andrew Shinnie.
Asked how it feels to have boys from the club stepping out for their country over the next few weeks, Len Nicol, coach said: “We have a good reputation for helping and developing players, and we work hard with them so it’s really exhilarating to see these guys make it.”
“Developing and nurturing football talent has always been a passion of mine, so to be asked by the Scottish FA to take part in this series, and celebrate the people that support our national team, is really exciting.
Dyce Boys Club has been around for over 40 years and during that time the passion and dedication of the community has never wavered. Everyone is excited to cheer on the boys and show them that the nation is behind them.”
The Scottish FA recently launched a new strategic plan, The Power of Football, and through this mini-series we can showcase the many ways in which football inspires people in everyday life: boys and girls, men and women of all ages.
Ian Maxwell, Chief Executive: “Qualifying for UEFA 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 we can share the uplifting stories across the country during the tournament.”
“As we welcome visitors to Hampden Park - seven years since it was selected as one of the original 12 host cities - we urge everyone to savour the occasion and share special memories with friends and family that will last a lifetime.
The power of Scottish football will not only endure throughout UEFA EURO 2020, it will go much further beyond.”
Other videos in the series include:
- Finding out football fans hopes for the tournament at the most picturesque football ground in the world, Fort William.
- Getting the thoughts on the world’s oldest football from some of Scotland’s youngest fans in Stirling.
- 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 both Dundee and Dundee United, on how they put their rivalries to one side in support of the Tartan Army.
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