This time last year...
A year go, we had a special visitor to Scotland in the form of the beautiful Henri Delaunay trophy, the coveted prize of the winners of the European Championship. We took the precious silverware on the road.
To celebrate Glasgow's hosting of 4 matches in the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament, a travelling football exhibition visited Dundee, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. As its centrepiece was the trophy that the teams will be battling it out across Europe to get their hands on. 'The Hampden Roar' exhibition gave fans throughout Scotland the chance to immerse themselves in the 60-year history of the competition and enjoy that all important selfie with the silver!
From 12th until 19th October 2019, the trophy was on display in busy spots in each of the 4 cities, attracting over 4,500 people across those days.
The exhibition had five interactive zones and offered fans the opportunity to meet Skillzy and see freestyle footballers in action. A panna court and hexagol football skills game provided a place for children and adults alike to enjoy activities and skills challenges.
The Iconic Moments zone featured precious artefacts from the Scottish Football Museum including squad shirts from Scottish footballing icons, Ally McCoist and Paul McStay. In the Heroes Dressing Room fans could get their photos with their icons match worn shirts and the Fans First zone captured Scots fans greatest and most iconic moments from the tournament’s history on camera.
Kids and big kids alike took the chance to play 'Eur-own' game, with activities like a dribbling competition, penalty kicks and skills training led by sport development officers from the local areas.
Precious artefacts from the Scottish Football Museum were on display including squad shirts from Scottish footballing icons, Ally McCoist and Paul McStay, match programmes and pennants from previous EUROs and a video montage of iconic goals from the tournament over the years.
‘The Hampden Roar’ was brought to life by VisitScotland’s EventScotland team, the Scottish FA, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Football Museum and local partners.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for world-class events and our diverse portfolio of events is pivotal to bringing visitors to the country. We are extremely excited to be working with all the partners to bring this iconic trophy to Scotland for the first time. This keenly anticipated competition will showcase everything Glasgow and Scotland have to offer, and we’re delighted to be part of the celebrations.”
Richard McBrearty, curator of the Scottish Football Museum, said: “We are a proud delivery partner for ‘The Hampden Roar’, a fantastic way to showcase just some of the rich collection we have at the Museum, and to celebrate our special opportunity to host four games in this unique EURO. Our dedicated UEFA EURO 2020 exhibition can be found in the Museum and everyone is always welcome.
Sports Minister Joe FitzPatrick said: "I'm delighted the travelling football exhibition, ‘The Hampden Roar’, is coming to Dundee as part of its tour of the country.
“It offers a fantastic opportunity for people to experience the excitement of the EUROs.
“With five interactive zones, including the chance to get a photo with the coveted Henri Delaunay Cup, there is something for everyone to come and enjoy.”
The trophy also stopped at some of Scotland's most scenic spots and landmarks.
The question is, who will be lifting the Henri Delaunay in summer 2021?
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