UWS graduate documenting Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign

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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) broadcast production graduate, Ailsa Kane, is documenting Scotland’s Euro 2020 campaign as Lead Video Producer for the Scottish Football Association (SFA).

Ailsa, who graduated in 2015 from the BA Broadcast Production programme at UWS, told the Evening Telegraph in Dundee what it’s been like behind the scenes in the Scotland camp in the build up to Euro 2020.

Ailsa said: “The fans might not have been in stadiums, but I hope we’ve done something to bring them closer to the players. I love trying to make videos to create excitement among the fans because that’s what I am: a fan.”

“I know how lucky I am to be around this team at a major finals. It’s an incredible privilege.”

Ailsa Kane, BA Broadcast Production 2015

As one of the very few Scots allowed in the Red Star Stadium in November 2020 for the defining game against Serbia, Ailsa had to remain professional while the rest of the nation celebrated when a 23-year absence from major men’s tournaments finally ended after an historic penalty shootout victory.

“When Serbia equalised, I remember thinking: ‘This can’t be happening again, this late on. This could only happen to Scotland.’

 “But as soon as David Marshall saved the penalty, the feeling was unbelievable.

“I had to quickly switch to work mode. ‘I’d better start filming this’. So, I ran out to the pitch, handed out flags and then sprinted back to the dressing room.

 “That walk up the long tunnel in Serbia, on my own, was when it hit me: ‘We’ve done it. Finally.’ To have been there is enough to make you pinch yourself. I was a wee bit emotional before the party kicked off.”

“It was absolute madness, I think I had three hours of sleep before getting up the next morning to do media, edits and get more reaction out. We wanted to keep that hype going for the fans.

Following graduation Ailsa worked briefly with the BBC on children’s shows and the popular quiz show Eggheads before taking up a role as Digital Media Executive with the SFA.

Talking about the Scotland players Ailsa said: “People won’t be surprised when I say people like John McGinn, Andy Robertson, and Stephen O’Donnell are brilliant are incredible to work with.

“John McGinn is one of the funniest characters you could ever meet. Moving down south hasn’t changed him in the slightest. He’s the first one on the list if we’re doing some fun content.”

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