It has been a successful year here at Hibernian Community Foundation! We have continued many of our projects along with our Community Football and delivering new programs.

This year we expanded our foundation team with recruitment of new roles. We welcomed four kickstart staff supporting admin, maintenance, coaching, community development. We also introduced a head of content and communications.

We were delighted to launch Hibs Class Plus with our partners at Ross High School in Tranent, the participants of this course have had visits from Hibernian legends Pat Stanton and Joelle Murray.

 

2021 also seen the launch of another new program, Hibs Class - Bright Sparks. Working with Hibernian Football Club we strive to be the Greenest Club in Scotland, this course educates and informs children on the benefits of reducing their energy usage.

The Bright Spark participants enjoyed a Q&A session with Hibernian players Kyle Magennis and Joelle Murray. The pupils from St Ninians Primary School had designed energy saving posters Joelle and Kyle had some tough decisions choosing the competition winner! Massive thanks to Utilita Leith Hub for their support on this course.

This year we struck a new partnership with the DWP where we completed our employability course, achieve your goals. We’re proud to say 75% of those on the course are now in employment.

In October we teamed up with Big Hearts and Utilita to raise awareness for World Mental Health Day, we played a charity derby match at Ainslie Park to raise funds and awareness for mental health.

The Hibees team included legends John Yogi Hughes, Kevin Harper, Stuart Lovell and many more. It was a great afternoon had by all topped of with the Hibs putting six past the Jambos to seal a 6-1 victory.

 

This year we also increased our community footballing opportunities with the return of Hibee Tots, fun introduction to football for kids aged 3-6 years old and launch of Practice and Play fun and friendly introduction to football for girls aged 6-11 years old.

We have received great feedback from parents and we can’t wait to see our young Hibees again in 2022!

 

Our boys and girls October football camps were a success, it was great to see so many happy faces meeting and learning from their Hibernian idols at the Hibernian Training Centre in Tranent.

 

Congratulations to U19 Girls Academy player, Rosie Livingstone for the ongoing Scotland U17's recognition.

 

 

We continued to support our local community delivering 60 food bags every week of 2021. A total of 3,000 bags and 27,000 food items!

 

Our 25 Football Fans in Training participants lost a combined weight of over 70kg. There was a great commitment and work ethic shown throughout the course. The FFIT team can’t wait to get going in January with the addition of a Women’s only course along with our traditional men’s course.

A record-breaking year for Girls Academy sponsorship, massive thanks to the local business for supporting our next Hibernian Women stars!

 

 

Throughout December, we held collections to contribute to our Christmas Appeal, we would like to thank all volunteers, donators, and staff for their hard work this festive period.

 

Throughout the festive period and Christmas Day we delivered over 200 meals and hampers, we extend our thanks to William and the Hibernian hospitality team for cooking the hot meals on Christmas Day.

 

Thank you Hibees, for all your support throughout 2021, we cant wait to continue in 2022.