Big Hearts Community Trust Appoints New Chairman

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.”


Jambos Kickback Half Time Heroes

Fans forum Jambos Kickback have continued their support of our Half Time Heroes initiative for the second year running with a recent donation of £2,000. The programme, which has seen hundreds of kids grace the Tynecastle turf at half time for many a season, has been a rip roaring success with many matches booked up months in advance. Half Time Heroes has also been a great way for the club to engage with local clubs, teams, coaches, player and parents.


Big Hearts chief Alan White said “We are delighted that Jambos Kickback have stayed on board for another season which will help us provide an opportunity for hundreds more young players to run down the tunnel and feel the excitement of playing on Tynecastle in front of a big crowd. I would personally like to thank Ron Ross and everyone involved with JKB for their continued support of Half Time Heroes and many other community programmes in recent years.”

The Jambos Kickback Half Time Heroes programme includes a pre match training session with Hearts coaches, lunch, flag bearing on the centre circle as the teams run out, a match ticket and of course a match on the pitch at half time.

The pictures featured show the young stars from Tranent Colts who turned on the style during half time of the recent Hearts vs Man City, Main Stand Centenary match.

For more information on how to get your team involved contact Alex McArthur on 0131 200 7218 or


Easter Holiday Coaching Courses 2014


Get your boots on and join us for ourEaster holiday coaching courses.

We have two different courses available:

Tynie Kickers:    Aimed at pre-school 3-5 year olds, this course is a goal-fest and also helps develop all the movements needed for future football stars and all round sports kids.

Goalgetters:      For kids 5-12 years of age who like to play outfield whether as a defender, midfielder, striker or all three! Games, goals, defending and attacking - it's all here!

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FFIT spaces available 2014

The recent intake of 15 FFIT Participants have just completed this fantastic health programme. In the last two courses we have seen a combined weight loss of over 150 kilograms an absolutely amazing achievement. All the men involved have gone away being healthier, fitter and most importantly more aware of the pitfalls bad habits can have on all of us.

We are now recruiting for the next wave of men to improve their health on our FFIT

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Working with Hearts now recruiting 

‘Step onto the employment ladder with Hearts’

Big Hearts is ready to deliver a 7 week employment programme for young people aged 16-24. The programme includes an employment qualification, Early touches coaching qualification, volunteering opportunities and one week’s work placement. We are in partnership with Edinburgh College, the Prince trust and funded by Skills Development Scotland.

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