The work of the Hibernian Community Foundation recently came to our attention. They work in partnership with Hibernian Football Club to harness the power and passion of football. They have come up with some pretty innovative ideas to improve people’s lives:
Hibernian Football Club has a long and proud tradition of working to support local communities. The creation of the Hibernian Community Foundation in 2008 signalled a clear commitment to step up this effort.
Since it was established, the Hibernian Community Foundation has brought opportunities and enjoyment to many people. This includes the creation of the Hibernian Learning Centre at Easter Road stadium, groundbreaking work on disability football, supporting people into employment, providing educational tours for local schools and improving the community’s health.
Key to their approach is partnership – with fans, volunteers and Hibernian Football Club – but also with a wide range of organisations who share the same hopes and aspirations to improve health, learning and opportunity.
As many as 50 people with learning disabilities receive coaching on a regular basis with assistance of the U19 players from the Hibernian Football Academy.
The Foundation not only supports a range of activities in the field of disability football, it also runs ‘Football Fans in Training’ (FFIT), a programme sponsored by The Football Pools and The SPL Trust. It is designed for overweight men between the ages of 35 and 65. Over the course of the 12-week programme, information and activities are provided to help men lose weight, get fitter and be healthier. They also run courses for women ‘Female Fans in Training‘ and for older people ‘Still Game‘.
Recently Hibernian FC Legends Peter Cormack, Kenny Davidson, John Fraser, Bobby Kinloch, Lawrie Reilly and Billy Hunter returned to Easter Road Stadium to launch this new programme for fans aged 60+. Hibernian Still Game will be based in the South Stand at Easter Road and run for 10 weeks.
Provided in partnership with SPL Trust, this FREE programme offers weekly workshops that cover a range of topics including:
- Healthy eating
- Personal safety
- Social history of Hibernian FC
- First aid
- Music performance and production
- Internet use
Participants will also receive coaching in light physical activity, connect with the history and legacy of Hibernian FC, take a tour behind the scenes of Easter Road Stadium and meet former players.
Programme starts the week commencing 14 January 2013 and will run from 9.30 am to 12 noon for 10 weeks.
To find out more about the courses which are all FREE, please contact the Hibernian Community Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.