Hearts’ Community Football Department recently partnered up with Linlithgow Rose Community FC to deliver one of their popular Play the Game Courses, which resulted in a very generous donation from Linlithgow to the club’s new front of shirt partner, MND Scotland.
The aim of this partnership with Linlithgow Rose Community FC (LRCFC), one of West Lothian’s largest grassroots clubs, was to encourage local youngsters to get out of the house, socialise with friends and engage with their love for playing the game. Across the entire 8 week Summer programme, the ‘Play the Game’ team managed to deliver 14 courses, across 7 venues to almost 900 kids, including 100+ youngsters at Linlithgow between the 26th-30th July.
As part of this partnership between the clubs, there is an agreed share of any surplus generated to help support the continuing work of both our own Community Football department but also to help the partnering grassroots clubs. Previous partner clubs have used this money to purchase new kits and equipment, put towards facility hire or used to subsidise youngsters attendance of their teams. Linlithgow Rose CFC, themselves a registered charity, decided to do something a little different with their surplus and selflessly donate it to MND Scotland.
The total donation sat at around £300 initially but in a further act of incredible generosity, Linlithgow Rose CFC, decided to round this figure up to £500 to further help the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a brutally fast, rapidly progressing terminal illness that stops signals from the brain from reaching the muscles. This means people with MND can quickly lose their ability to walk, talk, eat and breathe unaided. There is no cure or effective treatment, but MND Scotland continues to work tirelessly to fund pioneering research as well as providing practical, emotional, and financial support to those impacted by the disease, with the ultimate aim of defeating MND.
Thanks to a pioneering new 2-year partnership with Dell Technologies, Hearts will proudly sport MND Scotland across the front of their home shirts, as well as a donation being made to the charity for every home shirt sold. This fantastic partnership between the club, Dell Technologies and MND Scotland will honour the memory of former captain Marius Žaliūkas who passed away last year after a brave struggle against motor neurone disease.
Speaking on the successful Play the Game Partnership and generous £500 donation from Linlithgow Rose CFC, C.J Sandison, Hearts’ Community Co-ordinator, said:
“Linlithgow Rose Community FC have long been supporters of our Play the Game programme. To partner up with them for our Summer Courses and see the response in getting over 100 youngsters join us, is superb and testament to LRCFC’s reach in the local community. For them to then suggest donating £500 to MND Scotland as part of the partnership, blew us all away with the immense generosity of the trustees. I’d like to give a profound thank you on behalf of all here at Hearts to Russell Gordon, Alistair Paton and Michael Wilson at LRCFC for this successful partnership and their donation to help the fight against MND.”
Morag McGowan, Corporate Partnerships Manager at MND Scotland, said on the donation:
“It was an absolute pleasure to meet all at LRCFC and accept the incredibly generous donation of £500. It was fantastic to hear of the great work being done in the local community by LRCFC and the wider South East region area by Hearts Community football team. The donation is going to help support many living with MND and make such a difference so a massive thank you to Linlithgow and Hearts for their work in supporting MND Scotland.”
Club Secretary at Linlithgow Rose CFC, Russell Gordon, added:
“To partner up with the Hearts Play the Game Team and provide football for over 100 of our youngsters over the Summer was superb to be a part of. The kids absolutely loved the week and we look forward to partnering up with Hearts again in the future. When we discussed the surplus funds from the course, we never had any doubt that we wanted to donate this money. To see the work that MND Scotland do and know that we can support that should make all associated with LRCFC really proud.”
To celebrate the success of the partnership course and to give thanks to LRCFC for their generosity, the club hosted the trustees of LRCFC and Morag McGowan from MND Scotland at Tynecastle last week to present a cheque for £500 to help battle MND. Pictures below.
To find out more about MND Scotland, and join our fight against MND, please visit https://www.mndscotland.org.uk/
To find out more about upcoming Holiday Play the Game Courses email CalumSandison@homplc.co.uk
To find out more about the superb work of Linlithgow Rose CFC, please visit https://lrcfc.co.uk/
Left to right: Liam Gordon (Current Hearts U12’s & former LRCFC 2010’s), Russell Gordon (LRCFC Secretary) Michael Wilson (LRCFC Treasurer), Alistair Paton (LRCFC Chairman) & Finlay Paton (LRCFC 2010’s)
Liam Gordon, Morag McGowan (MND Scotland) & Finlay Paton