Football Memories

A group of Hearts fans working in conjunction with Big Hearts are using football memories to help dementia sufferers to revive memories of players, games and other incidents from football matches they watched in their younger days.

Currently the group meet on the last Tuesday of each month (1.45pm for 2.00pm start) in the Bobby Walker Suite at Tynecastle.

The existing group have become great friends and discuss football including programmes, pictures, football books and other related materials. It is also hoped that by taking part self esteem and self confidence can be improved for everyone involved in what is a friendly and relaxed setting.

The group participated in stadium tours of both Tynecastle and Easter Road in July this year which proved to be popular afternoons for everyone and helped revive many memories.

The group have also had recent visits from ex Hearts stars Alex Young and Robin Stenhouse of the 50s /60s era who answered questions about their careers at Tynecastle and in Alex's case, his time at Everton as well.

Although the group is small we find that the partners who accompany the participants find afternoon worthwhile also.

We are keen to increase the number of participants so if you know of a football fan who has a dementia diagnosis and who would be interested in joining in please contact Alex Jones


Football Fans in Training

Big Hearts and the SPFL Trust have announced that the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme will be returning to Tynecastle Stadium this autumn due to phenomenal demand.

This latest course will run for 13 weeks from Thursday 23 October into the New Year in the Bobby Walker Suite at Tynecastle Stadium. Each weekly session will last 1.5 hours and will be delivered in the evenings.

The programme aims to help supporters become more active, shed a few pounds and improve their general health - and the best part is it's completely FREE.

FFIT is aimed at men aged 35-65, who have a BMI of 28+ and a waist (belly) of 40 inches+. The course is a must for those who want to get fit, lose weight and become healthier.

Participants will receive their very own training top and will work closely with Big Hearts Community Trust's fitness expert Alan Gray. During this time they will take part in part in physical exercise and will also learn about weight management, diet and healthy eating and alcohol awareness amongst other things.                                

Former players including John Robertson, Alan McLaren, Jimmy Sandison and Scott Crabbe have all been invited guests on the programme which has had everyone reminiscing of games gone by and also encouraged the occasional bit of nonsense! These sessions are designed to be a good laugh as well as being very informative.

To register your interest in this great programme email your nameaddresspostcode and contact telephone number to to find out more and book your place on the course.

Please firstly go to this BMI caluclator to find out if you meet the 28+ score required for the programme 


October Coaching Courses



Stadium Tour Scores a Hat Trick

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."

To book your place on the tour email


Support Grant!

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: