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