MFSM - Gibraltar - March 2015 Print E-mail

2015-gib-1-smlAs Gordon and our brave lads took on the might of international footballing newbies Gibraltar at Hampden, TACC were delighted to introduce 10 very brave newbie supporters to their First Scotland Match.


All our children came from the HUSH Club in Dundee and made the perilous trip to Glasgow on a very cold Sunday afternoon, with the assistance of a mini-bus provided by the generous assistance of the good folks from Sidlaw Travel and driver, Jamie Costello.

2015-gib-3-smlThe Hush Club provides a brilliant support for children with additional needs and sensory issues up to the age of 16, by organising recreational facilities and offering support and guidance (emotional and practical) to the children, siblings and family. Development of social interaction and confidence is key to some of the work being done by the Hush Club.

2015-gib-4-sml“I would like to personally thank everyone from the Tartan Army Children’s Charity for an amazing day out. All the kids had a fantastic time and looked great in their new tops.”

Kirsten, Adam and Arran – the HUSH Club , Dundee





MFSM - Germany - September 2015 Print E-mail

The young people from Tullochan had an amazing time at the Scotland v Germany match on 7th September 2015 at Hampden Stadium. None of the young people who attended the match had been to a Scotland match before, the atmosphere was electric and everyone really enjoyed themselves. The two goals that were scored against the world champions were fantastic and everyone enjoyed singing along with the fans during the game. It was great to see the young people enjoying themselves and mixing with both the Scotland and Germany fans.  It was a great night and such a friendly atmosphere.


Thank you Tartan Army Children’s Charity for the opportunity !!!


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Quotes from the young people 


Sam Chilcott:   “Amazing Atmosphere really enjoyed the game.  Thanks very much”

Connor McCallion:   “It was an exciting game with a great atmosphere, thank you so much”

Ronan Davis:   “Thoroughly enjoyed myself, thanks very much for taking us, it was great”

Steven Adamson:   “I love it, I actually thought we were going to win, it was really exciting”

Charlie Swan:   “It was quality, such a good night”

Lee McMillan:   “We gave 100% and it was a great atmosphere, I loved the singing, Thank you” 

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MFSM - Poland - October 2015 Print E-mail

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The group of children from Stanley Primary School in Ardrossan had a fantastic night at the Scotland v Poland match at Hampden Park in October 2015 when they came along with our MFSM (My First Scotland Match) project.  You can see by the photos that the disappointment of Poland's last minute goal didn't stop them enjoying themselves and they got to celebrate 2 excellent Scotland goals.


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The young people who attended the match really enjoyed the "electric" atmosphere.

Thank you Tartan Army Children’s Charity for the opportunity !!!

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MFSM - Spain - March 2016 Print E-mail

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 On what was International Women's Day (8th March 2016), it seemed highly appropriate that the group of children attending TACC's My First Scotland Match programme went to watch Scotland Ladies vs Spain in Falkirk.


They were the Crowther family and this is what they had to say:

Colin Crowther (Dad) “We had a fantastic time and the kids enjoyed waving their flags, thanks to TACC for the opportunity and to Dave at Falkirk for thinking of our family”

Becca Crowther “We had a great night watching the Scotland Ladies team, and we loved getting our picture taken at the side of the pitch!”


Eva/Emma Crowther “We loved coming to the football match and spending time with our family”


"Many thanks to Dave Mackay and Eleanor Davis of the Falkirk Football Communtiy Foundation, and of course many thanks to TACC"


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MFSM - Denmark - March 2016 Print E-mail

Whilst the national team were registering back-to-back friendly wins by beating Denmark at Hampden Park on Tuesday March 29th 2016, TACC invited some disadvataged young people along to the game as part of the "My First Scotland Match" programme.  There were 3 groups of children from Panmure St Ann’s School (Edinburgh), the Dumbarton Road Corridor Youth Project and Kilmarnock FC Community Development (Ayrshire Children’s Services).




Panmure St Anns (Edinburgh)


Panmure St Anns is a special school in Edinburgh for young people between 14-16 who have failed to manage in mainstream school due to a variety of behavioural, social and emotional reasons caused by issues such as parental neglect or substance misuse, bereavement, exclusion due to behaviour or social isolation due to mental health or poverty issues. These children come from economically constrained backgrounds and would otherwise not experience a Scotland match and all the excitement that such a trip contains. The young people struggle to broaden their horizon beyond their local communities and even a trip to Glasgow is beyond most of their comprehension.


Andy Welsh – Groupworker at the school says “We had a great time – the boys are all now converted to the Tartan Army!  It was a trip that took all of them way out of their comfort zone and has been a valuable experience for them all.  All the young people were delighted with their Scotland tops. Given their personal circumstances it is something that they would have little opportunity to own. They all said thank you for taking them which is unusual for our young people and I would like to pass their thanks on to TACC as you made the trip possible. “




Dumbarton Road Corridor Youth Project - Glasgow


The 'Dumbarton Road Corridor Youth Project' (DRCYP) works with socially excluded young people in the communities of Yoker, Scotstoun and Whiteinch to the west side of Glasgow. The project is responsive to the articulate needs of young people and the priorities identified by relevant agencies.  They offer ongoing support to their members and encourage young people to participate in a range of activities and initiatives (often related to: health and wellbeing, territorial issues, drugs and alcohol misuse, bullying, gambling awareness etc.)
DRCYP work together with young people who are socially excluded and who often, do not leave the confines of their area. Leaving their local area is a big step, but one that can have a positive impact on a young person. Watching a Scotland game would be a massive confidence boost for members.


Gerard Espie Youth Development & Employability Worker says – “Just wanted to thank the Tartan Army Children’s Charity for all your support. The group were delighted with their strips, tenner, flags, tickets, seats and the victory. Couldn't ask for more really! Once again, thanks for everything. Superb. I tip my hat to the TACC.”




Kilmarnock FC Community Development - Ayrshire Children’s Services

TACC are working with Paul Di Giacomo and Brian Sproul at Kilmarnock FC Community Dept. as part of our TACC FC programme. They, supported by Ayrshire Children’s Services, were able to identify children who are impaired with multiple and very complex issues.


Nicola Hume, Service Manager, Ayrshire Children’s Services CIC (ACS) says “I would just like to say a huge thanks for the tickets and football tops given to Ayrshire Children’s Services young people and staff.  They had a great time and a Bonus seeing Scotland win!  Parents and kids were so grateful for the opportunity and asked me to pass that on to everyone at TACC.  These types of opportunities and experience don’t come along very often for our children due to their complex needs.  I would be most grateful if in the future you could consider us for anything similar it would be fantastic to extend this to other young people and families supported by ACS.”



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