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Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to grow as fourth year of programme starts

Today (16th September), as Peter Grant helped the Scottish FA and Tesco Bank launch the fourth year of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge, it is revealed that a remarkable 61,112 children across 1,562 primary schools in Scotland have now engaged with what is the country’s leading football participation programme.

Now, 73% of all primary schools in Scotland are involved with the initiative, accounting for an 11% increase on the current target.

The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a four-year community programme run in partnership with the Scottish FA. The initiative 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.

Children participate in a six-week block of football coaching with qualified Scottish FA coaches, before participating in regional festivals across the country, many of which are held at high-profile venues including St Mirren Park, Rugby Park, and Tynecastle Stadium. A national festival at Hampden Park brings the school year of football to a memorable close.

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.

Scottish FA Youth ambassador Peter Grant said,

“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to work with schools the length and breadth of the country. More and more children are benefiting from the healthy lifestyle opportunities it brings, while thousands of teachers and volunteers are able to use the skills the programme delivers to create legacy opportunities, such as football back in schools at lunchtime or the end of the school day.”

Jim Fleeting, Scottish FA director of football development, said,

“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge has become one of our most successful grassroots football programmes over the last four years. It has been fantastic to see so many children the length and breadth of the country taking part in football for the first time. It is also pleasing to see the number of volunteers, the lifeblood of the grassroots game, enjoy our coaching in-service programme.”

Benny Higgins, Chief Executive at Tesco Bank, added,

“Tens of thousands of children are benefiting from a healthier lifestyle, and thousands of teachers and volunteers are now engaged in delivering the programme on a long-term basis in the communities we operate. This is what the Tesco Bank Football Challenge is all about. We’re proud to be part of it, and proud that it continues to grow and flourish.”

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