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Hearts Community in Rwanda

On June 11 Hearts Community Coach coordinator Alan White and academy under 13 coach Sean McCauley and Tranent Colts coach Phil Purvis left Edinburgh for a coach education trip to Rwanda. The trip was arranged by SFA chaplain Mark Fleming with enthusiastic support from HMFC and in particular Ann Budge.

Not only did Mark organise the trip he also became, treasurer, historian, tour guide, procurer, social worker, pastor, friend and lots more, summed up by Alan simply as “A Star”.

Before the group left Edinburgh they collected hundreds of strips from the SFA Kit man, HMFC and Tranent Colts. Tranent also supplied over 100 pairs of football boots from a boot bank.

When the group arrived in Rwanda they wanted to understand more about the history of the country including the genocide. This included visits to memorials which was difficult to comprehend for the guys.

There are 11 million people in Rwanda and they absolutely love football with the majority playing street football. Alan and the guys spoke with the Rwandan FA explaining the different types of coach education provided by Hearts before delivering practical sessions for groups of kids over the seven days they were there.

Whilst Alan loved watching the kids play and was hugely impressed by the skills and abilities of the players on gravel and sand pitches one of the highlights was handing out strips and boots and seeing the smiles on the faces of the kids. This made the trip really worthwhile.

As well as the football strips and boots the guys also handed out toothpaste, toothbrushes, bread and waterproof.

HYDC were delighted to receive pictures from the trip showing kit from the youth academy at HMFC, which has www.HYDC.co.uk emblazoned on the front, being worn by some of the kids in Rwanda, ensuring that the strips will continue to be put to good use across the world.

Well done to all those involved.

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