February 2016

During a month which saw the most exciting transfer deadline day in recent history at Tynecastle the Foundation Board have been working hard on plans to make a few new signings of our own in the form of new pledgers in 2016. More below….

The FoH message

“The Stronger the Foundation, the Stronger the Club”. A message you will often hear from the FoH board members and people associated with the Club. Throughout January this message manifested itself in a number of press articles about the financial strength and stability of the Club and its future prospects. We thought it was worth sharing a few snippets which underline the enormous value of your monthly contribution and the impact it is having at the Club:

“Because of the backing we’ve had from the fans, from the Foundation of Hearts, from Ann Budge, we’ve got finances there that we can go and do something (in the January transfer window)……it all goes back to the backing the fans are giving us.”
– Robbie Neilson

“I hope the fans keep giving us that backing and support us because that’s so important. If you want to push the other teams as well, you have to continue to get stronger and they can help us. Their support has laid the foundations for what we’ve done so far but we don’t want to stand still”
– Alim Ozturk

“I have to say many thanks to the Foundation of Hearts. They supported me a lot and they’ve done a fantastic job in helping save the club along with Ann Budge………I hope the Foundation will always be around because a big club needs a big foundation around it.”
– Paulo Sergio

“It’s amazing what the Foundation of Hearts and the supporters have done for the club”
– Rudi Skacel

Take a bow folks.

FoH supports Big Hearts

Ann Budge has often referred to the three intersecting circles in her vision for Hearts; the Football Club, the Foundation of Hearts and the club’s official community charity Big Hearts. As a Board we are fully bought into this vision. In January we were grateful to Caryn Kerr and Craig Wilson from Big Hearts who joined us at the board meeting to share their exciting plans for the next 12 months. As well as continuing to increase the reach of the successful Kinship Care and Football Memories programs the team at Big Hearts will be launching their Big Hearts Supporter Movement in February. The movement will ask fans to sign up as Big Hearts Supporters and join the growing pool of volunteers who have signed up to help make a difference in the community. As a sign of our backing, every member of the FoH board has signed up to be Big Hearts Supporters. We have also decided not to host our match day drop in desk on the 27th of February to focus instead on helping the Big Hearts team launch their Supporter Movement at Tynecastle. Please look out for volunteers around the stadium and join us in getting behind this fantastic initiative. More information is available at http://www.bighearts.org.uk/.

It’s never too late…

We launched our ‘it’s never too late’ marketing campaign last month and handed out our new flyers around the Stadium before the game against Motherwell. This included a pop up stall in the Wheatfield Stand for the very first time. The increased presence meant we were able to speak to more fans than ever before and it was great to see supporters signing up to pledge in the stands on their way to the game. As part of our aim of reaching as many fans as possible we plan to do this regularly during 2016 and would welcome the assistance of any volunteers who share our passion and can help deliver our message. Please do get in touch if you are interested.

As part of the campaign we also asked members to spread the message and share their last minute goal memories. Our social media pages have been buzzing with some brilliant suggestions for our next set of flyers and we’ve picked just a few to share. Where were you when these went in? Thanks to everyone who has submitted their favorites and watch this space to see which pictures make their way into our flyers:

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Donald-Ford

Plot Ceremony

On Sunday 31st of January saw another successful plot ceremony with another 50 loyal pledgers receiving a commemorative plot on the Tynecastle pitch. A number of you have now reached the 1,000 points required to qualify for an invitation. As a reminder, members will be invited in the order in which they achieve the required level of points and if you fail to respond to two invites we will assume you do not wish to attend. The next ceremony is scheduled for Sunday 13th March at 1pm and invitations are currently being circulated. If you have reached the points total and have not yet received an invite, please do be patient and rest assured that we will be in touch.

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If you have any questions or comments on this month’s blog please feel free to leave them below or direct them to info@foundationofhearts.org.

4 thoughts on “February 2016”

  1. Hi Nick

    Thanks for your comment. Our approach to this at the moment is to be as open as possible through the blog, match day stand, agm, communications etc such that members can have their say on FoH matters through direct contact with the current Board. That said, should any matter arise that would merit further consultation with members that is differently something we would consider to make sure all views are heard. I hope that answers your question but drop me an email barry@foundationofhearts.org if you would like to discuss further.

    Barry

  2. Excellent blog as always Barry. I was just wondering when and if there are going to be moves to have some sort of input/voting from members. I think there was some mention of having a forum for members to feed in to the FoH board. I am thinking here of the plans and funding for the main stand for example. That’s not to say I don’t have total faith in the motives and abilities of everyone involved in Hearts, I just think that if we are moving to true fan ownership and we are contributing every month then ordinary members should have more of a say.

  3. Great work being done by Big Hearts Would like to help out but difficult as I live in Dumfries But wish u all the best for the future.

  4. Another great initiative with Big Hearts. I have signed up! Waiting on my plot ceremony as well … all is good, asides from the obvious defeat to our bitter rivals. Keep up the great work with the Foundation and lets chase down that second place.. HHGH. Proud to pledge.

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