Bath City FC film challenge: Bath’s unsung heroes of the pandemic

There’s a hero on your street, or around the corner. Do you know a shop-worker, a delivery driver or a teacher? A bus driver, a nurse or other hospital worker, whether a cleaner or a porter? These are all people who have been in increased danger of catching the virus yet whom we all take for granted.

Watch our launch video featuring Ken Loach, Jerry Gill and Community Director Joy Saunders, created by students from Bath Spa University.

These pandemic heroes often work unsocial hours on low pay and with no choice but to keep going. We owe them all so much.

At Bath City Football Club, in the heart of Twerton, we are surrounded by wonderful people like these. Now is the time to tell their stories. Can you help? Are you under 18 and can you use your mobile phone, iPad or whatever else, to make a short film of these ‘unsung heroes’? Record their voices as they tell their stories of working in these dangerous times. And make a little film – as short as two minutes or as long as ten.

All across the city from Twerton to Larkhall, Landsdown to Odd Down, you are living close to brave people who are helping us to keep going, just like their grandparents did in the war. Tell their stories – you will be recording our history…

We hope you have a go. Your friends deserve it. You will also be in with a chance of winning a £100 cash prize for the top entry.

We will share the winning entry through BCFC media channels as a way of saying thank you to our local heroes and heroines.

If you are under 18 years old, please upload your video of up to 10 mins to YouTube.

To submit: please email us a link to the film on YouTube and include your (1) name, (2) contact details (3) age and (4) link to the film. Please ensure you have the consent of your parent or guardian and of anyone featured in your film.

Email: by 12:00 noon on Friday 16th July to be in with a chance of winning.

Watch our launch video

Terms and Conditions:

  • Entries will only be accepted from young people under 18 years old.
  • Please upload your video(s) to YouTube and share a link with us.
  • Please follow local covid-19 guidance and rules when filming.
  • Submissions must be received by 12:00 noon on Friday 16th July to be in with a chance of winning the £100 cash prize.
  • By entering the competition, you are confirming that you have the consent of your parent or guardian.
  • By entering the competition, you are confirming that you have the consent of everyone featured in the film for it to be published on YouTube and promoted via Bath City FC media channels as well as other media, free of any remuneration or other reward
  • Winners will have their videos shared via Bath City Football Club’s media channels.
  • Winners will be contacted via email through the details provided on submission.
  • Winners will be selected by a judging panel appointed by Bath City Football Club. The judges’ decision is final.
  • The winning entry video as selected by the judging panel will be awarded a £100 cash prize.
  • There is no alternative prize and the judge panel’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Any questions or for technical help and guidance please email:




  • If using a phone, the back camera is usually better than the front camera.
  • You can keep your phone still by using a tripod. If you don’t have a tripod you can place your phone on a hard surface and lean it against something.
  • When using YouTube video filmed horizontally tends to lead to better results.


  • If no lighting equipment is available, it is best to use natural day lighting. For this reason, try to film during the day.
  • Use natural lighting by sitting near a window
  • You can sit facing a window, with the camera facing into the room (away from the window).
  • If filming outside on a particularly sunny day, then morning or afternoon will be better for filming than midday (when the sun may be too bright).


  • Try to reduce background noise.
  • If in a house, ask if your family members can be quiet while you’re filming.
  • If outside, avoid standing by busy roads or noisy playgrounds.
  • Avoid windy areas.
  • If it is windy, try to work out the direction that the wind is blowing in, and find an area that shelters you from that direction.
  • If no shelter is available, try holding your phone or microphone close to your body, protecting it from the wind (note: cannot do this if filming yourself)


  • Having a nice, tidy background is best, so try not to film anywhere cluttered or messy
  • Make sure that there is nothing offensive in the background or anything that might give away personal information.



Please follow local COVID-19 guidance.



Special thanks go to:

  • Sixteen films for sponsoring the competition and providing the prize money.
  • Julia Kildyushova from University of Bath who is project managing the competition.
  • Lewis Comissiong and his team from Bath Spa University who created the video launch footage. Crew list: Lewis Comissiong – Boom Operator & Editor, Oliver Compton – Lead Sound, Rhys Perry – Camera Operator, Craig Carias – Camera Operator, Tilly Atkins – Camera Operator, Harry Orr – Runner and Tyrese Shipp – Runner.