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).




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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.”



TACC Dinner Dance raises £4000 Print E-mail

On Friday 19th August 2016, TACC held a World Cup 2018 Campaign Kick-Off event in the form of a Dinner Dance at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.


An absolutely fantastic night was had by all, folks partied hard and danced their socks off whilst raising just under £4000 for TACC, amazing!


So many people contributed to the success of the night but special thanks to the following -

The staff at Grand Central Hotel for a brilliant meal and organisation
The Caledonian Brewery Pipe Band for their spine tingling piping
Sheelagh McLaren for being MC for the evening
Shaun Ward Photography
The fabulous Scotland Rocks for keeping the dance floor permanently bouncing!

Dougie Johnston for pre-dinner entertainment
Everyone who donated auction and raffle prizes
All the fantastic guests for their generous donations and contributing to an amazing atmosphere and one of our best nights yet!


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MFSM - Macedonia - September 2016 Print E-mail


On Friday 2nd September 2016, whilst the Scotland A team were preparing for their first World Cup qualifier in Malta, Scotland's U21 team were playing Macedonia

at Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh.  Although the result was disappoinitng, the atmosphere was good.  TACC invited some disadvataged young people along to the

game as part of the "My First Scotland Match" programme.  The kids from East Fife FC had a great night and went home with their own new Scotland top to keep!



Thank You Tartan Toddlers Print E-mail

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We're loving these photos and we're so grateful to the children from Forest Friends Nursery who took part in a "Tartan Toddle" raising a whopping £450 for TACC !!!
Thank you to every one of the kids, and everyone who helped them including TACC Ambassador Miranda Jane Slaven for organising it.  The money they raised will help us to help disadvantaged children.  As an example, this amount raised would fund a group to attend a Scotland match via our "My First Scotland Match" programme - the Forest Friends children should be very proud of themselves !!!


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MFSM - Iceland - June 2016 Print E-mail

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Whilst the Scotland mens team were preparing for a friendly with France in Metz, Scotland's womens team were playing top seeds Iceland in the Euro 2017 Qualifiers at Falkirk Stadium.  Although the result was disappoinitng, the atmosphere was good.  TACC invited some disadvataged young people along to the game as part of the "My First Scotland Match" programme.  There were several groups of children involved, including some from the DadsWork charity (pictured above).  DadsWork is a community project in East Lothian working with fathers and male care givers and their children, and one of the things they try to do is to organise trips and outings for fathers and their children.  TACC were happy to help support this initiative.


Here is what they had to say "A great evening at Scotland Ladies v Iceland Ladies Euro Qualifier at the Falkirk Stadium (slight result disappointment). A huge thank you to the wonderful Tartan Army Children Charity (TACC) for making this possible and a huge thank you for the wonderful Strips, Saltire and £10 for every child."



MFSM - Lithuania - October 2016 Print E-mail


On Saturday 8th October 2016, Scotland played LIthuania at Hampden Park Glasgow as part of the World Cup 2018 Qualifying Campaign.  The result was disappoinitng, but for some youngsters it was still a great evening.  TACC invited some disadvataged young people along to the game as part of the "My First Scotland Match" (MFSM) programme.  One boy was from East Lothian and attended with his father and the other 6 were from Braehead Primary School in Ayr.  These children took part in a Fit 15 challenge where they were asked to take part in an activity that involved them being active for 15 mins daily. This was an initiative run by the schools Health and Wellbeing coordinator who's objective was to try and get more children from this socially deprived area more active with their families.  The coordinator approached TACC to ask if a MFSM place could be used as an incentive for the children to take part.  TACC were happy to oblige and the lucky six won their place to attend the match after successfully completing the challenge!


They all received their match tickets, Scotland shirt, Saltire flags and £10 to spend and were extremely excited about their big day out!!  A bonus was TACC Chairman Jim Hart giving them some of his renowned home-made tablet.



MFSM - Netherlands - October 2016 Print E-mail

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On Thursday 20th October 2016, Scotland's Women, fresh from qualifiying for Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, took on the torunamment hosts in a friendly in Livingston.  TACC invited some disadvataged young people along to the game as part of the "My First Scotland Match" (MFSM) programme, including a group from The Yellow Teapot Club.  The Yellow Teapot Club is a small registered charity operating within West Lothian, dedicated to helping children aged 6 - 16 with Special Needs.  Each child received a match ticket, a Scotland shirt, a Saltire flag and £10 to spend.

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TACC received this feedback after the match:


"Had a fantastic time last night at the Scotland game. Thank you to the Tartan Army for allowing us all to go and thank you for all the kids parcels they all had a fantastic time and they really love there parcels - a big thank you to Graeme Richards"


"Thank you so very much to staff at the club and to Graeme Richards from the Tartan Army Childrens Charity for enabling Blake to enjoy a great night at his first football match. What an amazing thing you did for all the kids and after what they received tonight, I have a very delighted little boy!  I'm sure those that were there will know how much he enjoyed it, and you will be hearing 'let's go Scotland let's go' in your sleep."


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