The Land of Football
Fort William - Claggan Park
The latest film 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 4 travels to Fort William, where presenter Chris McQueer chats to fans at one of the most picturesque football pitches in the world - Claggan Park. The stadium, which has a capacity of 1,300, sits in the foothills of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK standing at 1,345 metres high – the equivalent of 307 double decker buses stacked on top of each other.
Standing in the mountains imposing shadow, the 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’.
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive:
“We recently launched our 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.
“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.”
Colin ‘Woody’ Wood from Fort William Football Club, 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. We are cheering the boys on and keeping our fingers crossed!”
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive, adds: “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.”
Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women's Health and Sport, said: “This series of films highlights the power that football brings to communities. The passion of supporters in Scotland – with strong ties to clubs, communities and our national teams, often spanning generations – is an exhilarating force.
“The EUROS is an opportunity to harness that power, inspire a generation and, come together as a nation and celebrate. I’m delighted to see so many people feeling part of the excitement of this special tournament.”
Other videos in the series include:
• Getting the thoughts on the world’s oldest football from some of Scotland’s youngest fans in Stirling
• 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 both Dundee and Dundee United, on how they put their rivalries to one side in support of the Tartan Army
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