The Tartan Army Children’s Charity (TACC) is a registered Scottish charity run by Scotland football supporters. Our aim is to help disadvantaged children in Scotland and in the countries we visit to watch Scotland play.
TACC’s key areas of focus are:
1. Overseas donations wherever Scotland play
Over £150,000 has been donated since 2006, including:
Ukraine 2006 & 2010 to a school for blind children and to an orphanage
Georgia 2007 to a premature baby unit and to a home for disabled children
Macedonia 2008 to a centre for street children and to a home for disabled children
South Africa 2010 to a programme for aids orphans and to Umthombo Street Children
Lithuania 2010 to homes for orphans, disabled children and blind children
Czech Republic 2010 to a school for autistic children
Ireland 2011 to Barretstown respite centre for children suffering from a serious illness
Our overseas grants are generally used to provide desperately needed fun and recreation for the children; building them playgrounds, sports areas and play rooms, and funding away days. However sometimes their need is more desperate and in the past we have provided beds, incubators, or the case of South Africa, funded an entire programme.
We always mark our visit with a party, when supporters can meet the kids and we can entertain them with bagpipes and drums! * Many thanks to the Caledonian Brewery Pipe and and to Spud the Piper for their efforts
2) TACC FC
In 2010 TACC piloted a programme to provide a Friday night game of football and a hot meal to children in Scotland’s poorest areas. During 2011 we plan to roll out the programme across Scotland, with 4 more clubs set to join.
3) My First Scotland match
Most of us were lucky enough to be taken to our first football match by a father, grandad or brother.
However many children in Scotland will never get this opportunity…so we organise it for them!
At each Scotland home match TACC organises tickets, a new Scotland top and pocket money for 20 disadvantaged children, from across Scotland.
Over the years we have taken children cared for by Aberlour, Barnardos, CHAS, Save the Children and the British Heart Foundation.
Each year TACC launches a Christmas present appeal – since 2008 over £20,000 of presents have been donated to children supported by Aberlour Child Care Trust.
In 2010 we also provided warm winter coats to hundreds of children in Scotland’s most deprived areas.
Lastly, we pay for Christmas parties at the homes and orphanages that we have visited overseas
How can you help?
-Join the TACC Lottery www.tacclottery.co.uk for your chance to win up to £1,000 each month
-Buy a TACC t-shirt, badge or Kilt -www.tartanarmychildrenscharity.org.uk/shop
-Taking part in the Kiltwalk! www.kiltwalk.co.uk
-Organise an event such as a race night or raffle or a bucket collection at work