More than 20 potential stars of tomorrow enjoyed the opportunity of attending a ‘Match Day Experience’ at Tynecastle, hosted by the Big Hearts Community Trust.
They helped to provide the half-time entertainment at the recent Hearts v Celtic match.
They were flagbearers before kick off, heralding their heroes onto the pitch, and also got to play themselves in two exhibition matches at half time.
They loved the experience of playing ‘seven on seven’, in front of 17,000 fans.
The kids had been putting their ball skills to good use ahead of the big day.
In order to fund the trip the children had raised over £1,000 by carrying out a ‘Keepy-Uppy Challenge’.
Stephan Spiers, the Under 9s coach said:“Mark White and myself were both astonished by the effort and determination the children put in to the challenge.
“This was a fantastic achievement to have raised so much money.
“The kids looked fantastic in their brand new kits sponsored by AML Joinery and Hogarth Motors.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all the sponsors.”
Arriving in Edinburgh before the game, the United children were treated to an hour long training session taken by coaches from the Hearts Football Academy, before breaking for lunch.
They were treated to a lunch in the stadium, before getting ready for their role as flag bearers for the visit of Scottish champions, Celtic.
The junior Fishermen went on a lap of honour around the pitch, before sitting back in the stands for the second half.
Coach Stephan added: “A fantastic day was had by all and the children were knackered from the excitement of the day.”
He also said that the childrens’ parents had given their thanks for a day that will forever be in the children’s memories.
Stephan and Mark White know that this experience will inspire the children in the future. To that end, Stephan picked some action shots and turned the kids’ photos into those normally seen on collectable cards. A set will be given to every child.