Club News

Hearts launch online education programme

30th April 2020

Heart of Midlothian Football Club is delighted to launch a free online educational programme aimed at supporting young people amidst the school closures.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, the club has suspended all activities running at the stadium – including the hugely popular Digital Education clubs.

At a time when schools are closed and parents have the added responsibility of home-schooling with their children, the club wishes to play its part in supporting families by offering fun online learning. 

Supporting young people aged 8-18

The club is launching an online platform (via Google Classrooms) to allow for young people to continue to develop their digital skills from home. With guidance and support from online mentors, participants will learn how to design apps, build websites and make games. We will also look to include activities that do not require any devices to complete.

There are plans to run drop-in calls for secondary school pupils to support them with the activities and challenges they are working on. To complement the online activities and challenges on Google Classrooms, we will also run a series of live streams of different activities so that participants can tune in and ask mentors questions along the way.

Additional support for older students and those applying for jobs/further education

We recognise that this is a particularly difficult time for young people who are completing school, applying for jobs and further education places. To help, we will run  online mentoring sessions that will provide support and guidance and aim to signpost young people to useful links and resources.

It is important to highlight that none of this would be possible without our committed partners, Baillie Gifford and Dell Technologies, and the amazing volunteers who are continuing to support our digital education programmes online.

Hearts’ Director of Community & Partnerships, Ann Park, commented:

“The club is delighted to launch a new set of online digital learning resources to keep young people occupied in a really constructive way.  Technology is playing a significant role during lockdown; keeping businesses afloat, supporting communication between separated generations of families and providing critical information. 

“Our new online clubs provide a fun way for young people to develop what are undoubtedly vital skills for the future.

“Our Programme Manager, Tanya Howden, has done a great job building this new platform and ensuring there is engaging content to suit a broad range of ages. 

“Tanya will add new content to the classrooms on a weekly basis and expand the range of projects on offer through new partners who are keen to come on board.  Moving our learning clubs online also allows us to expand the numbers we can reach.”

REGISTER FOR FREE NOW

For parents or guardians who would like to register a young person for one of our free online clubs, please follow the links below.

Digital Athletes Online Club for Primary School (Ages 8+)

CLICK HERE to register

 

Digital Champions Online Club for Secondary School 

CLICK HERE to register

 

Keeping young people safe online

Our priority in setting up these classes has been to provide a safe and secure environment for young people that adheres to strict child protection procedures. Parents can be confident that all activity will be monitored by appropriately qualified and checked mentors.