Heart of Midlothian FC and DPS Group have announced a joint agreement which sees the Fife-based business continue as a key sponsor of the club’s Community Football programme.
DPS Group will be the main partner of a range of high profile coaching initiatives including holiday courses, skill schools and weekend sessions at the Hearts Football Academy.
The announcement was made at Tynecastle, as children from across Edinburgh and beyond enjoyed a fantastic morning of football fun, supported by a first team star.
DPS Group is a long-term supporter of Hearts grassroots football activity. They will use this association to launch a new Local Heroes grant giving fund, to support community groups in the areas where the group operates.
As part of this, DPS Group will be making available an allocation of free places on all courses and programmes that come under their sponsorship to groups who would otherwise be unable to participate.
This latest announcement marks the first key commercial supporter since Hearts brought its Community Football department ‘in-house’, at the start of 2015.
DPS Group provide fully integrated industrial and process control solutions, across a range of sectors. Its expertise includes manufacture, commission, systems support, installation, design and recruitment and procurement.
Ann Budge, Chairwoman and CEO at Hearts commented: “DPS Group has been a great supporter of Hearts community activity over the years and we are delighted that they are once again included in our group of sponsors for the season ahead. As a socially responsible business with a focused approach to supporting the communities we both serve, their support in widening accessibility to our football programmes is very welcome, and reflects our shared values.”
Martin Brownlee, DPS Group director added: “We are delighted to be supporting Heart of Midlothian once again, by creating a formal relationship which sees us sponsor a range of community football programmes throughout the course of the year. I’m particularly pleased we can help to widen chances for children to participate in these courses through our Local Heroes programme. It was fantastic to see lots of local children benefit by getting active this summer break today, and sharpening their football skills whilst having a great time!”
Alan White, Community Manager at Heart of Midlothian said: “We’re pleased to have the support of DPS Group again this summer, something that we at the club greatly value. Their support in delivering a fantastic football experience for so many children during the season is invaluable.”