Programmes For Schools & Local

Authorities

 

 

Xtra Time

Xtra Time is an exciting new initiative devised by Big Hearts in partnership with Midlothian and West Lothian Council's.

The programme accommodates students who are in High School, in years S1 to S5.

The overall aim of Xtra Time is to introduce and develop a range of life and work skills which will support the Curriculum for Excellence by helping to prepare the young people to take their place in a modern society.

Throughout the weeks the students meet former professional footballers to discuss life and work options, be involved in healthy life style activities and look at ways that they can support their local community through voluntary activities.

Football of course is a key component of Xtra Time and by using the facilities at the Hearts Football Academy each group receives coaching from Hearts staff.

Using some of the practical skills gained from this experience the participants help to organise and deliver a football festival for primary schools in their area.

Throughout the ten weeks Xtra Time involves some of the following activities:

- Introduction to Hearts 
- Tour of Tynecastle Stadium 
- Kit allocation 
- Former player motivational talk 
- Practical diet & nutrition session with the Hearts Head Chef 
- Fitness testing and development with Hearts Sports Scientist 
- Volunteering in sport clinic 
- Football festival planning and organisation 
- End of course football match

The programme also includes two visits to Clydesdale Bank Premier League games at Tynecastle Stadium. At one of these matches the group assists with a half-time display, involving primary school pupils from their area.

For more information on Xtra Time, contact Alex: 01312007218 or email alex@bighearts.org.uk

 

Onside

Onside is a nine-week programme which works directly with 13 to 16 year olds who have been identified as difficult to reach young people, involved in anti-social and/or offending behaviour.

The individuals referred to Onside, predominantly through Youth Justice services and integration teams, have been assessed and recognised as difficult to engage with young people.

Youngsters that are targeted can be involved in drugs or alcohol misuse, risky, illegal or offending behaviour. They may also be experiencing major difficulties within mainstream education and may be on limited time-tables.

Onside initiative aims to address some of the issues which have resulted in young people becoming involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.

The programme will build confidence in the participants and help them to understand the consequences of their behaviour. This in turn will lead to them becoming better citizens and meet the challenges of growing up in a positive and productive way.

The nine-week programme will include attending a Hearts match and can involve the following activities which are based in-house at Tynecastle and at the Hearts Football Academy:

- Introduction to Hearts 
- Tour of Tynecastle Stadium 
- Kit allocation 
- Former player motivational talk

 -Music production 
- Practical diet & nutrition session with the Hearts Head Chef 
- Fitness testing and development with Hearts Sports Scientist 
- Practical coaching sessions with Hearts coaches 
- Football festival planning and organisation 
- End of course football match

Contact alex@bighearts.org.uk for more information.