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Fleet to feature in BT Sport documentary

The Fleet will be one of the clubs featuring in a new BT Sport documentary to be broadcast at the beginning of March.

BT Sport spent a day filming at the Kuflink Stadium back in November and talked to a number of Fleet personalities who were around the club at the time of the MyFootballClub ownership.

Ours, the next documentary from the channel’s award-winning BT Sport Films series, will premiere on Tuesday 2nd March on BT Sport 1 at 10.30pm.

Ours is a film that speaks to, and speaks up for, football supporters. They have been conspicuous by their absence during the Covid-19 pandemic, when they have been missed in silent stadia. How will they help to shape the future of a game undergoing an existential crisis? 

Written and narrated by award-winning journalist Michael Calvin, Ours offers a unique insight into modern football, away from the glitz, glamour and financial strength of the Premier League. It asks searching questions about identity and belonging, and finds hope in clubs that are run by, or heavily influenced by, their fans.

Ours provides an in-depth examination of a variety of ownership models, and outlines the emotional bond between supporters and a variety of clubs, including:

Ebbsfleet United: how can a club survive when it is the victim of an ill-fated experiment with fan ownership?

Bury AFC: the most recent example of how fans rebuilt a club from the ground up.

AFC Wimbledon: the quintessential fan-run model and of what can be achieved by a group of determined fans.

Portsmouth: run into the ground by a series of questionable owners, the fans stepped in and saved the club from the brink of extinction.

AFC Rushden and Diamonds: how does a phoenix club deal with the constraints of the current pandemic?

Lewes FC: a look at how community-run football can serve as a force for social change and unite a local community.

Hashtag United and The Sidemen: what does the next generation of football fan look like?

Featuring contributions from fans, players and owners from up and down the footballing pyramid, the film marks the third collaboration between BT Sport Films and Calvin, with each film looking at the broader, more human impacts of the sport. 

It follows No Hunger in Paradise, which explored the perils and pitfalls of football’s academies and youth development, and State of Play, an examination of the footballing zeitgeist of the 21st century.

Sally Brown, Executive Producer of BT Sport Films, said: “The last 12 months have brought the importance of fans to the fore, the pandemic re-emphasising the role that their passion plays both in and away from the stadium. A strikingly relevant piece of work, Ours confronts the flaws of the modern game and celebrates those that help make it a reality.”

This is a BT Sport production led by Sally Brown, executive producer for BT Sport Films. Directed by Tom Boswell, it is the latest in the award-winning BT Sport Films series.

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Ed Miller

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Ed Miller has been Ebbsfleet United's communications manager and programme editor since 2014 and responsible for the club website since 2007. Contact him on ed.miller@eufc.co.uk

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