Hibs Class is an initiative designed to support young people in primary schools and encourage a healthy lifestyle, while helping pupils gain confidence and raise attainment.
The new project will also help develop life skills – like communication, leadership and teamwork.
The programme will see Hibernian Community Foundation staff embedded in three schools across East Lothian Council – St Gabriel’s Primary, Elphinstone Primary, and Preston Tower Primary.
Foundation staff will commit to curriculum time in each of the schools and will use the unique power of football and the Hibernian brand to engage with the pupils and bring the message to life.
To celebrate the launch, pupils and teachers from St Gabriel’s Primary School in Tranent were invited to the Hibernian Training Centre for an introductory session, where they participated in an exercise class followed by a nutrition talk. Marc McNulty was on hand to meet children at the launch of the programme.
Iain Gray MSP, Chairperson of the Hibernian Community Foundation, said:
“We are really excited about the potential Hibs Class offers in regard to supporting young people to develop and improve their life skills.
“The Foundation has worked with primary school children over a number of years and Hibs Class allows us to extend this work significantly.
“We are also very pleased to be working with primary schools in East Lothian, where the club has its training centre. It’s good that we continue to give back and support local communities.”
East Lothian Council’s Cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services, Councillor Shamin Akhtar, said:
“This is a great chance for our children to work with a Premiership club and really enhance their learning experiences.
“The lessons for healthy and active lifestyle, teamwork and cooperation are essential both on and off the pitch.
“With its training facility based in East Lothian it’s great that Hibernian, through its Community Foundation, is committed to sharing the benefits of having a top-flight team in our midst.
“We hope to continue working with them on partnerships like this one.”