Spain 2011 - Thanks from EMAUS Print E-mail

Spain 2011


  • £15,000 grant to fund a sports area at a children’s home
  • A truck of baby and children’s clothes donated by fans
  • A party at the main children’s home with pipers
  • “My first Spain match”, a group of children from the home taken to the Spain vs. Scotland match


When the Spain fixture was announced we thought that we might struggle to find a children’s charity as desperate as those we’ve come across in Eastern or central Europe.


Unfortunately we were wrong, the children supported by EMAUS have the same heart-wrenching stories that we come across in less developed countries while the funding situation for the organisation is dire.


EMAUS run a group of 12 homes in the Alicante area supporting babies and children up to the age of 18. The children have either been removed from or abandoned by their parents for a variety of reasons ranging from poverty to abuse.


Government funding has been cut to the minimum to the extent that even basics such as nappies aren’t available without donations.


After months of discussions with EMAUS representative Tony  we agreed to make a £15,000 grant towards the development of a sports area on a waste ground behind their main home. This project will meet TACC’s aims of adding some fun, recreation and sport into the lives of the children who deserve and need it the most. The pictures below are what it looks like now; we’re really looking forward to seeing the “after” photos.


As always we also funded a party to mark our visit on Monday 10th October, with several TACC supporters and of course the Caledonian Brewery Pipe Band. The pipers stole the show as usual by walking down the road to the home to the cheers of the children. The band’s mascot Monkey was also a big hit.


After a slap up lunch of paella we had a kick about with the children, letting them win of course……honest.


And in the evening some of the children were able to go to the Spain match, an priceless treat for them courtesy of TACC and the Stratford End Bar in Alicante.


Unfortunately we aren’t able to show any of the children in our photos as it could put them in danger.


Lastly we organised a truckload of bay and toddler clothes and toys donated by Scotland supporters.


 After the trip we received this email from the Governess of EMAUS to TACC’s Ally Hunter who along with John Deans organised the Spain donation.


You can not imagine how much I regret that your team lost the match on Tuesday. I felt sorry for the affection I have for you in particular, and the organization that you represents and also for all the followers who have flown to Spain to see the match.

I also thought of the number of European’s O.n.g .that they do not know about you; that they will not have happiness with your charitable initiative, like the children of Emaus had.

In addition, all the Scottish people whom I interacted with - including the game-viewers- behaved like true gentlemen, without a bad gesture, or a cry, cheered up after the game without resentment, and allowed themselves to have a picture taken with the Spanish people, giving them their beautiful hats and colorful, full of pins from halfway around the world.

True gentlemen!

And, what should I say about the satisfaction of the children who watched the game? For them, it was all new, never been before in a stadium, their look in their eyes, his gestures, his admiration for the players who have only seen on TV.

I'm sure they'll never forget that day, which for them was full with magic!
And as for you, you are my friend of heart and forever.

You will never imagine my gratitude for everything you do for us. The photos from Monday can not reflect more happiness on the faces of our children; they talk and talk and never end about the football match that they play with you. I'm sure that the next day in the school, they didn´t spoke of something else.


And your postcard with the beautiful scenery of Scotland ... and a wonderful message that speaks of the good heart of the person who writes it!

I will carry it in my chest, and on the left side, where the heart is, that wonderful Celtic brooch, with that bright red highlights in it, like a drop of blood, blood of two brothers, Celtic ancestors in our two cultures, remembering that in Scotland lives a very, very good man, who heads an institution to help the most disadvantaged children, with a heart as big as he, looking clean and happy to help those who need it.

And me, who I am one of the lucky people who know you, I wish for you and yours: "Slainte agus huile beannachd mhor duit."

I am sending you a photo where Simon, the youngest child of the house, It's very funny, "Mr. Monkey", hanging from the tree, and the child giving the drum is almost bigger than him. You know you can not post the picture, unless you cover his face.

A big hug friend, my love, my sincere affection and admiration.

Kiev - Start of school 2011 Print E-mail

The school year has just started again in Kiev and the children have sent a couple of photos from the first day of term. Once again the pupils pass on thier good wishes to the Tartan Army.


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TACC in the Media Spain 2011 Print E-mail

Ally and John from TACC recently visited Alicante in preperation for the next TACC donation. TACC are making a donation of €17,000 to an organisation called EMAUS.


Our grant will be funding a new playground at one home, and a small football pitch at another, bringing a little bit of fun to their lives.


Below is a clip from Bay Radio - Ally was interviewed by Bay Radio to help spread the word of the Tartan Army donation and EMAUS.


Bay Radio were delighted with the generosity of the Tartan Army:


" I am still in awe of what you guys do. I have worked with a charity, Race for Life, and I know how much effort goes into fundraising and have done all sorts of sponsored events to raise money including the Camino de Santiago and sometimes the output v return is crazily weighted against you, so such a large donation for such little effort is a true gift. Restores ones faith in humanity. Thank you."


Tartan Army foot soldiers who want to contribute - check back for information on TACC events in Spain. Details will follow shortly.



TACC also featured in the printed press - 'Costa Blanca News' 23/29 September - click on the image below to see the full article.


TACC in Spain 2011 Print E-mail

TACC have chosen a group of children's homes for the Spain donation in October. There are 12 homes in the Alicante area run my a charity called EMAUS, including one for babies.


TACC will be:


- Donating £15,000 to build a sports area/football pitch at one home and a playground at another


- Taking over a truck load of clothes and toys to the baby home


- Organising a party for the children at one of the homes, with the Caledonian Brewery Pipe Band and fellow supporters attending


- Organising tickets for 12 children to attend the Scotland vs Spain match



Thank you......

Our donation wouldn't be possible without the help of the hundreds of Scotland supporters who have contributed in some thank you to...

- The 500 supporters who bought a TACC Spain (or Liechtenstein) t-shirt, raising £5,000

- Everyone at our Annual Charity Ball at the George Hotel on Friday 23rd Sept, raising £5,800

- Everyone who donated clothes and toys (and some beautiful hand made blankets)

- Badenoch & Strathspey Tartan Army who donated £200

- Mother & daughter Anna and Bethany Leaver, who raised £420 at their joint birthday party

- Paul Toner and Overton TA who raised £500 at their race night

- The Bus Pass TA for their generous donations


Children's party - Spain 2011 Print E-mail

Children's party

We're often told that the parties we organise for the children have as big an impact as the financial support.


Taking a couple of hours out of our football trip to spend with the kids is invaluable to children who often have no one in their lives.


The pipers are always the biggest hit and the party food is a rare treat, but more than anything it's the idea that these grown ups from another country have chosen to spend some time with them that matters the most.


Come along

It's on Monday 10th at 2pm and transport from Alicante and Benidorn will be provided. We have around 12 spaces available so if you would like to see first hand how TACC are using your donation please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to book your place.


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