County MSP Iain Gray met a group of pupils from Prestonpans Primary School at Easter Road on Saturday as they marked their completion of the Hibernian Community Foundation’s 90 Minutes Club programme.
The programme is part of the Foundation’s community engagement work and combines football coaching with encouraging pupils’ with their homework. To mark the end of the programme the pupils got to attend Hib’s last league game of the season against Kilmarnock on Saturday and participate in the half-time goal challenge on the pitch.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“One of the reasons I was pleased to get involved with the Hibernian Community Foundation is that it is helping a range of people here in East Lothian, including many children, to improve their health and develop their learning through football.
“The 90 Minutes Club is a great example of how football can be used to encourage children to enjoy doing homework and learning. The pupils from Prestonpans had clearly got a lot out of their participation in the club and certainly enjoyed their day out at Easter Road on Saturday.
“I hope that as the Foundation continues to develop its valuable work with communities across the Lothians, other children in East Lothian will get the same kind of opportunities to develop their learning through football.”
The Hibernian Community Foundation aims to harness the power and passion of football to make a real difference to people’s lives. It partners with other organisations to improve health, promote learning and enhance opportunity.
In the past year the charity’s activities created more than 10,000 opportunities for engaging with people in the community. These activities range from courses to improve literacy and IT skills to projects to help fans with fitness and weight loss.
To find out more about the Foundation’s work visit www.hibernianinthecommunity.org.uk