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Switching Play


Switching Play is an initiative for young people aged 13-16, who are feeling isolated, not fully engaging in school and have an interest in football and physical activities.


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Big Hearts is running a 6-week programme for people who are looking for a fresh start to build a better path going forward.



– Drugs, Vaping and Alcohol Awareness

– Gambling Awareness

– Racism

– Fire Safety

– Mental health




– Are aged 13-16

– Are yet to identify their next positive step

– Are interested in football and making a difference in their local community



– Confidence – Increase maturity, self worth and sense of identity.
Relationships – show positive impacts on relationship building between other young people, staff, police and external tutors. Recreate connections with school for pupils disengaging.
Health & Wellbeing – Promote physical activity, including playing sport and outdoor walks and receiving reliable information from SAMH and Alcohol/Drug awareness talks.
Life Skills -Develop a variety of skills from Scottish Fire and Rescue and Police Scotland.
Learning and encouraging aspiration and ambition – Opportunities to volunteer and do something positive within the community.


Switching Play is held within Tynecastle Park, the home of Heart of Midlothian FC. One day a week young people attend courses at the Stadium, these include class time and physical activity.



For more information on referrals please contact connor.mcnally@bighearts.org.uk – 07435 904 935.