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4 More Years for Tesco Bank Football Challenge with Scottish FA Announced

Today (8th September), ex-Rangers defender Arthur Numan helped celebrate a new four year Tesco Bank Football Challenge partnership with the Scottish FA.

He was joined by children from Mount Florida Primary School at Toryglen to celebrate the success of one of the Scottish FA’s flagship football participation programmes.

The last four years of the programme have been an overwhelming success, with over 82,000 children across more than 2,000 primary schools in Scotland taking part. The next four years will focus on continuing to grow participation.

A new objective between Tesco Bank and the Scottish FA will ensure relationships are built and strengthened between schools and football clubs so that there is a clear way for pupils to progress and build on their enjoyment of playing football. To that end, the Scottish FA and Tesco Bank will announce significant further developments to the programme in 2015.

The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is an eight-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 Arthur Numan said,

“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge has encouraged more children and teachers every year to participate in football, whether that be lunchtime classes or after school clubs. The Challenge is not just about playing the game but opening the door to the health and social benefits that come with it. Best of all, it gets kids having fun!”

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

“We are delighted to be signing a new four year contract with Tesco Bank. The previous four years have surpassed all targets and expectations and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands more children through the programme for the next four years. As well as growing numbers, we hope to build stronger relationships between schools and local clubs all over Scotland.”

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank added,

“Over 80,000 children have been engaged in the programme since its inception and we can’t wait to get started on the next four years. Children and teachers alike have benefited, from our coaching,CPD sessions and fun filled festivals. Now we have an established programme we can build and develop it, ensuring we are engaging with even more children in the communities we operate in.”

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