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Motherwell star Iain Vigurs visits the Tesco Bank Football Challenge at Ravenscraig

Today (Monday 4th November), local primary school children from across North Lanarkshire had an incredible morning of football, as the Tesco Bank Football Challenge visited the area for a fun-filled festival at Ravenscraig, attended by Motherwell midfielder Iain Vigurs.

The 240 pupils from 24 schools are the latest to have taken part in six weeks of coaching sessions as part of the Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme and came together for a finale to remember.

The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a four-year community programme run in partnership with the Scottish FA. The project introduces football to Primary Two and Primary Three children (six to eight years old) across Scotland to help get them engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.

A remarkable 61,112 children across 1,562 schools in Scotland have now engaged with the country’s leading football participation programme. Teachers and volunteers continue to enjoy the Scottish FA’s in-service programme with over 3,500 now trained to support the growth of football in schools.

Isabel Agnew, Head Teacher at St Andrew’s Primary School, said,

“The children have had a great six weeks of coaching with the Scottish FA and today marks a perfect end to the programme. They have learnt so many important skills since taking part.”

Scottish FA Football Development Officer Andy Smith said,

“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to grow across the length and breadth of the country and we’re pleased to welcome the children to (Motherwell) for this latest festival.”

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank, added,

"The Tesco Bank Football Challenge has benefited teachers, pupils and volunteers year on year and has an important aim of promoting health and wellbeing to youngsters in Scotland. It was great to see the children having such a great time today."

The primary schools attending the festival were: All Saints Primary School, Petersburn Primary School, Dunrobin Primary School, St Dominic’s Primary School, St Aloysius Primary School, Chapelhall Primary School, St Edwards Primary School, Tollbrae Primary School, Plains Primary School, St David’s Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, Glengowan Primary School, Calderbank Primary School, Corpus Christi Primary School, Rochsolloch Primary School, Victoria Primary School, St Andrew’s Primary School, Chapelside Primary School, Golfhill Primary School, New Monkland Primary School, Greengairs Primary School, Clarkston Primary School, St Serf’s Primary School and Kirk O’Shotts Primary School.

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