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Club Retains Award

Heart of Midlothian FC has become the first football club in Britain to retain a CommunityMark award.

The Edinburgh club first landed the prestigious honour in 2008 and has been awarded it again for its outstanding Big Hearts Community Trust.  

Through the Big Hearts Community Trust, the club has demonstrated its commitment and support to the local community in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including the Aegon Breakfast Clubs in primary schools, raising money for other charities such as Maggie's Centre, grassroots coaching courses for kids and a full programme of education and employment initiatives. 

Recognising its central role in the local community, Hearts has strived to continue to build on its reputation as a positive social force and the retention of the CommunityMark award demonstrates the outstanding success of the project.

CommunityMark is the UK's only national standard that publicly recognises business excellence in community investment. 

In retaining the award, Hearts joins an elite group of 13 high-profile companies which have successfully renewed their award including the likes of Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, Marks and Spencer, J Sainsbury plc and Zurich Financial Services Ltd. 

"The renewal of our CommunityMark award is a fantastic achievement and shows that Heart of Midlothian FC is a club which has the wellbeing of the wider community at its very core," said Tam Hendry, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Big Hearts Community Trust. 

"That this prestigious award is only given to a small number of premier brand UK companies is evidence of the quality and commitment of Hearts to being a positive force in the community and is recognition for the good work done every day by the club's employees and supporters." 

Glasgow Rangers was previously the only other Scottish club to achieve the award but has not gained a renewal this time.  

Since its launch, 45 companies have achieved the CommunityMark, with 37 currently qualifying for the Standard of Excellence.

Hearts will be presented with the award at a celebration lunch in London on Thursday, February 23, the glittering occasion set to be attended by members of the Royal Family and leading politicians.

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