Last week, the SPFL Trust revealed that Big Hearts Supporters has been named amongst the four finalists to compete for "Community Project of the Year" 2018.
Big Hearts' unique fan engagement initiative has been shortlisted alongside other community projects; Aberdeen FC Community Trust's Dementia Friendly Wellbeing, Celtic FC Foundation's Gateway to Employment and Dunfermline Athletics' Pars Tackle Health.
A final vote by the 42 SPFL clubs will take place on April 18th at the annual SPFL Trust All Club Conference, held this year at Tynecastle Park.
Big Hearts Supporters enables any supporter to get involved in a way that suits them. The volunteering programme offers a range of opportunities through Big Hearts and partner charities to provide help to the most vulnerable within the community.
Since February 2016, Big Hearts Supporters has and continues to break new ground in Scottish football and the charity sector:
– 1,700 Hearts fans registered to date with 1,000 of them interested in volunteering.
– 200 Big Hearts Supporters volunteered through Big Hearts or partner charities in the first 24 months of the programme.
– In 2017, Big Hearts Volunteers completed over 3,500 hours of volunteering, of the highest order within the charity sector.
– Big Hearts Supporters is the first initiative from a football charity in Scotland to be recognised by the ‘Investing in Volunteers’ Award.
– The programme was finalist in the ‘Cracking Campaign’ category at the Scottish Charity Awards 2017.
Find out more about the SPFL Trust's Community Project of the Year.
Visit www.bighearts.org.uk for more information on Big Hearts' great work.