The UEFA Foundation for Children allocated funding to 64 projects, as part of their mission to defend vulnerable children’s rights around the world so that they can look forward to a better future.
Following the success of Big Hearts application to the Foundation, their charity will receive a 5-figure grant which will allow them to work in partnership with St Mirren Charitable Foundation, Falkirk Foundation, Motherwell Football Club Community Trust, and Morton in the Community, to deliver the T.E.A.M project and use football as a tool to improve the emotional wellbeing and social connections of young people living within our local communities.
Together Equality Achieves More (T.E.A.M) was launched at Tynecastle Park in 2017, initiating a new area of work for Big Hearts at the time. The aim of the project is to help local school pupils make new friends in their neighbourhood and be part of a diverse community where all cultures thrive together and since launch Big Hearts have worked with hundreds of young people as part of the project.
Craig Wilson, Big Hearts CEO said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded funding from the UEFA Foundation for Children which will allow us to support more isolated young people as part of our T.E.A.M Project. We know this project has worked really well and look forward to sharing this funding and working together with football club charity partners in other parts of Scotland and know together we can share learning and maximise impact for the benefit of our respective communities and young people at a key time in their life.”
Andrea Radrizzani, UEFA Foundation for Children board member said: “The UEFA Foundation has selected 64 projects to support NGOs across 71 countries, all of them are aligned with our vision to empower children’s education, and gender equality and inspire new generations through the power of football.”