Big Hearts' behind the scenes stadium tour of Tynecastle has been awarded a 'very good' three stars by Visit Scotland's world-leading Quality Assurance Scheme.
The tour gives die-hard Jambos and football fans in general the chance to see everything from the dressing rooms to the dugouts. The personal show around also gives participants the chance to see a range of memorabilia including some of Hearts legend John Robertson's strips, footballs dating back over a hundred years and various items accumulated from the club's many adventures in European competitions.
Fans also get the chance to learn about some of Hearts' most famous players including the terrible trio of Conn, Wardhaugh and Bauld as well as Scotland great Dave MacKay.
The highlight of the tour is, as you'd expect, the walk down the famous Tynecastle tunnel - where some of the country's greatest players have run out to cheers from thousands of adoring fans.
Big Hearts' Alan White said about the achievement: "This is a great accolade for the hard work we have put into making the tour a truly memorable experience for all. It is important to have this recognition from the national tourism organisation and we are delighted to our VisitScotland plaque to our trophy collection."
Visit Scotland's Regional Director for Edinburgh and the Lothians, Manuela Calchini said: "I would like to congratulate Big Hearts Community Trust on this achievement. Having this official grading means visitors know exactly what they are going to get, a fascinating look behind the scenes at this famous football club."
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Big Hearts would like to wish Grant Young all the best on his Scottish Half Marathon run, which takes place on Saturday the 6th September. Grant will run from Meadowmill at Tranent to Musselburgh and is attempting to complete the course in one hour and 50 minutes.
Grant is raising funds for Big Hearts and we would love you to support him and us by donating here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/grantyoung2
Big Hearts would like to thank Jambo Stephen Brown who ran the Edinburgh Marathon and raised a fantastic £685 for our charity.
The Scottish Marathon took place the 25th May and ran from Regent Road in Edinburgh through to Musselburgh Racecourse covering 26.2 miles in total.
Stephen chose to run for the Big Hearts having previously raised money in a match against the Hearts Legends Team. "It was an obvious choice for me given my love for the club and my belief in the positivity that Big Hearts brings. Given the struggles that the club has endured in the past 2 years I feel it’s important that every supporter pulls together and helps the club in any way they can, whether this is through ticket sales, merchandise, charity events or other activities. The club may have survived but it’s just the beginning of the journey of where I believe the club wants to be."
Well done to Stephen on a fantastic achievement from everyone at Big Hearts.
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Big Hearts Community Trust today (Tuesday 26th August 2014) announced the appointment of a new chairman.
Following his departure to join Dundee United as its new general manager, David Southern has stepped down from the role.
He is replaced by Jim Panton, who takes up his post with immediate effective. He was universally approved by the charity’s board of trustees.
Jim Panton is the former chief executive of Erskine and Poppyscotland, and is currently executive chairman of Panton McLeod, a technology firm working for the water industry in the UK and USA.
A former Army pilot, Jim spent 12 years flying and managing utility and attack helicopters.
David Southern, former chairman, Big Hearts, said:
“I am delighted that Jim has agreed to accept the offer of becoming chairman and his experience and knowledge will be very valuable as the charity continues to develop in the years ahead. I am sure that Big Hearts will continue to touch many more people’s lives in so many more positive ways in future.
“In parallel with the positive change at club level I am confident that Big Hearts is well positioned to play an expanded role in the community.
“From a personal viewpoint it has been a privilege to chair Big Hearts in recent years and I am very fortunate to have had the support of an excellent board of trustees.”
Jim Panton, chairman, Big Hearts added:
“It is an absolute honour to have been invited by my fellow trustees to become the chairman of Big Hearts.
“I would like to express the gratitude of the board of trustees to David Southern. Nobody will ever quite know the extent of his remarkable commitment to Big Hearts, during his term as trustee and chairman. We wish him every success in his future with Dundee United, and thank him for the part he has played as chair.
“Over the last eight years our mission has been, ‘to create a legacy in which people with Big Hearts build better communities together,’ and never has that been a truer challenge and opportunity after the last difficult period for the club itself.
“We owe something back to the community which has been so good to us. In the short term we will be conducting a review of Big Hearts, talking to key supporters’ groups, new (and old) staff at the club, and wider stakeholders to define how we evolve a programme awarded Best Pro-Club in the Community 2014 by the Scottish FA.
“This means working closer with the club itself than ever before, and I look forward to forming a highly productive and energised relationship with Ann Budge, as majority shareholder and chairwomen of the club. Ann has stressed several times – quite rightly – her determination for Hearts to be a “community club” and we know together we can achieve a great deal.”