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Big Hearts helps Syrian children access community football

26th July 2017

Club's official charity, continues their amazing work in the local community

Last week, thanks to Big Hearts Community Trust, 11 young people from Edinburgh's Syrian Resettlement Programme took part in the club's summer coaching courses at Tynecastle 

This initiative is another step in Big Hearts’ journey to provide meaningful and sustainable support to those most in need in our community. The project is receiving outstanding support from all sides of the Hearts family, including a generous donation from Jambos Kickback - Hearts’ fans online forum - which helped Big Hearts provide full kits for the children. DPS Group, who already sponsors coaching places for Big Hearts’ Kinship Care programme through their Local Heroes Fund, also extended their support securing additional places for the 11 Syrian kids to attend Hearts’ popular summer football courses.

Craig Wilson, Big Hearts Interim General Manager said: "This summer, in addition to offering kinship children spaces on the community football holiday courses, Big Hearts are delighted to be welcoming 11 young people who have been referred to us by the Syrian Resettlement Team at Edinburgh City Council."

"We would like to thank Jambos Kickback for their fantastic donation and DPS Local Heroes for their on-going support, allowing us to help vulnerable young people access community football. Together, we are making a significant difference to those kids we have identified in helping them to take part in the summer football activity here at Tynecastle.’’

A spokesman for Jambos Kickback said: ‘’We recently made a donation of £1,000 to Big Hearts to enable them to bring in some extra kids on Hearts’ summer coaching courses and to kit them out in maroon. Many thanks to all of our members for enabling us to give this sort of help to the wider Hearts community.’’

‘’Not only will each youngster now benefit from a free place, they will also have the correct kit and look the part. This is brilliant for confidence, meeting friends and hopefully making football an activity they will enjoy and continue to be involved in.‘’

This fantastic work will continue on the various courses across the summer. You can keep up-to-date with the work of Big Hearts at www.bighearts.org.uk