Hibees are invited to come down to Ainslie Park on World Mental Health Day - Sunday 10 October - to watch legends from Edinburgh’s rival clubs battle it out, to raise vital funds to support local people in taking care of their mental health.
The match has been arranged by the team at Leith’s Utilita Energy Hub, Hibernian Community Foundation, and the Big Hearts Community Trust. It is the first time that both charitable arms of the Edinburgh football clubs, Hibernian FC and Heart of Midlothian FC - will come together on the same pitch. The game is being powered by Utilita Energy - the energy company chosen by over 10,000 Scottish households, today.
Every year, the 10 October is a reminder that one in three people will experience mental health issues at some point in their life. Using the power of football, this friendly Edinburgh derby aims to help reduce the stigma and shine a spotlight on support available.
The charity teams, captained by Gary Locke and John “Yogi” Hughes will kick off at 4pm at Ainslie Park.
“As former Captain, Manager and born and bred Leither, I was delighted to be invited to manage the Hibernian Community Foundation team in the first Edinburgh “charity” derby, promoting World Mental Health Day. This charity match will go a long way in reminding people about the importance of talking to family or friends about how we feel - it’s okay not to be okay. Before or after a match, on a weekly basis, is a perfect time to check-in on mates and ask how they’re doing. I hope to see lots of the Hibernian family at Ainslie Park on Sunday to support the Hibs Legends, raise some funds for the charities and to perhaps grab some selfies afterwards.”
John “Yogi” Hughes, former Captain and Manager of the Hibees.
“We have a really great relationship with locals across the Edinburgh community, and we often hear wonderful things about both of the club charities and the work they do locally – our in-hub community space has been used to host their events, for example. We started brainstorming ways that we could help to fundraise, and we identified that the two charities had played a game of football against one another!”
Debra Clason, Manager of the energy efficiency team at Utilita’s Energy Hub in Leith.
Single entry is priced at £5 and discounted family ticket at £10. All proceeds from the event will be split and donated to both charities and their community work across Edinburgh, including group activities promoting wellbeing and positive mental health of football supporters.
Tickets can be purchased from Utilita Hub in Leith, Hibernian Community Foundation Office or Fanbase by clicking here.