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More children accessing football holiday courses through Big Hearts!

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This February, Big Hearts is delighted to have helped 23 children from a wide range of backgrounds access Heart of Midlothian football courses during the school holidays, thanks to a fantastic donation from Edinburgh TESCO stores and the continuous support from DPS Group and Jambos Kickback.

Young people involved in Big Hearts’ T.E.A.M Project, run in partnership with Multi-Cultural Family Base, attended Hearts holiday courses this week, along with a group of Syrian children referred to Big Hearts by the Edinburgh Council’s Syrian Resettlement Team.

In support of this initiative, Big Hearts received a £500 donation from Tesco which helped provide free football kits for the young people. Tesco and Big Hearts first teamed up in the Edinburgh Cheer campaign over Christmas, with the money raised across the Edinburgh Tesco stores supporting Big Hearts’ community activities.

The football courses, open to children between 5 and 13 years old, are delivered by the Grassroots Football Development Department of the Club, working with DPS Group through their Local Heroes Fund to secure free places for young people involved in Big Hearts’ family programmes. Jambos Kickback are also offering their support by providing the necessary equipment and football kits.

Craig Wilson, Big Hearts General Manager said:
“It’s absolutely fantastic for us to be able to extend our support and ensure even more young people can access the popular Hearts holiday courses, particularly involving the children across our multicultural T.E.A.M project and continuing our close work with the Edinburgh Syrian Resettlement Programme. Football is a universal language and a simple way for those vulnerable children to get active in their community, build their confidence and make new friends. We are extremely grateful for all the partners who helped Big Hearts achieve this and look forward to maintaining this excellent work on the upcoming community courses.”

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