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Sport in Scotland (clip)

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This film looks at traditional and popular sports in Scotland. It is one of a group of seven documentaries made for the 1938 Empire Exhibition, under the supervision of John Grierson, including Scotland for Fitness, Face of Scotland, the Wealth of a Nation, the Children's Story, They Made the Land. In this clip we see shots of various sports such as football, bowling, golf, yachting as well as highland games. The games champion, Alistair Stewart, explains the technique of throwing the hammer and Willie Shaw, another games champion, prepares a tree trunk for tossing the caber.

Questions & Activities


  • How many sports are mentioned in Sport in Scotland? Do you feel there should be others mentioned?
  • Were all the sports mentioned accessible for everyone when the film was made? What about today?
  • What are the rules of Caber tossing?
  • Do you think grouse shooting is a sport?
  • How many of the sports shown and discussed in the film were professional sports in 1938?
  • What is the 'Glorious Twelfth'?


Health and Wellbeing / Citizenship: Find out about the Highland Games, sports and other activity - is there an event near you?

Health and Wellbeing / Literacy: Research and find talented sports people in your school and local area - make a documentary or a project about them.

Technologies: Compare the sports equipment and clothing seen in the clip with modern day brands and technology.

Sciences / Health and Wellbeing: Design a fitness programme and diet for a top caber tosser.

Media Studies: What differences can you see between the sporting conditions of the past, as shown in this film, and the conditions today (e.g. sponsorship, technology, wages, fitness levels, celebrity status)?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-069-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0314
Date 1938
Genre Documentary, Promotional, Sponsored
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Sciences, Technologies, Media Studies
Subject Matter Literacy, Sports, Highland Games
Who Films of Scotland (sponsor), Henry Cooper (cameraman), Scottish Film Productions (production company), Stanley L. Russell (director)
Where Glasgow, Highlands, Highlands
Event Highland Games, Empire Exhibition
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 2:51
Film Length 11:00