Heart of Midlothian FC – T.E.A.M Project
In September 2017, Big Hearts launched the T.E.A.M Project to help young children from multi-cultural backgrounds in Edinburgh easily integrate into the community and establish social connections.
This project is the result of the partnership between Big Hearts and the Edinburgh based charity Multi-Cultural Family Base. T.E.A.M – for Together Equality Achieves More – aims to improve the well-being and encourage social connections of young people attending the local schools who are from multi-cultural communities or families recently arrived in Edinburgh. Establishing a new area of focus for Big Hearts, the programme aims to offer opportunities for children to reduce social isolation and build a community where all cultures and backgrounds thrive together.
To date, over 15 young people are taking part in a set of after school activities every Thursdays at Tynecastle Park – including football games and creative activities followed by a healthy snack. Big Hearts is also working with the Grassroots Football Development department of the Club to secure free places for the children at the community football courses during school holidays.
Multi-Cultural Family Base, Big Hearts’ lead partner for the T.E.A.M Project, brings their expertise in reaching out to various local communities and works closely with the primary and secondary schools across Edinburgh to identify children who could benefit from attending the group.
Rosie Megginson from Multi-Cultural Family Base said:
“Some of the children who attend the Big Hearts and MCFB partnership T.E.A.M project represent the diversity across the Gorgie and Dalry area. These children attend local primary and secondary schools and the project helps them to build friendships and skills to reduce isolation and help them to become more a part of their local community. Football is a universal language, and in playing football these children have been able to learn team building skills, overcome language barriers and grow their confidence, as well as making genuine friendships and connections within the local community.“