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Tesco Bank Football Challenge back at Tynecastle for maroon madness with Jamie Walker!

Today (Tuesday 20th May), local primary school children from across Edinburgh had an incredible day of football, as the Tesco Bank Football Challenge visited the area for a fun-filled festival at Tynecastle Stadium, attended by Hearts midfielder Jamie Walker and local MP Alistair Darling.

The 120 pupils from nine 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 70,000 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.

Alistair Darling MP for Edinburgh South West attended the festival. He commented,

“It’s fantastic to see so many local primary schools taking part at Tynecastle today and that Scottish children up and down the country are being encouraged to keep active. I am delighted that through the Tesco Bank Football Challenge over 3,500 parents, teachers and other volunteers have been supported to develop the coaching skills required to ensure children benefit from the programme year-on-year.”

Claire McGlynn, head teacher at Ratho Primary, 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.”

Big Hearts Community Trust deliver the programme on behalf of Hearts for the Scottish FA and chief executive Alan White 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 Hearts for this latest festival.”

Adele Mills, community investment manager at Tesco Bank, added,

"Tesco Bank strives to use its scale for good in the communities in which we live and work. The Tesco Bank Football Challenge has benefited pupils, teachers and volunteers year on year and has an important aim of promoting health and wellbeing to youngsters in Scotland. I was very proud to see the children having such a fun time today."

The schools attending the festival were: Stenhouse Primary School, Balgreen Primary School, Currie Primary School, Echline Primary School, Juniper Green Primary School, Ratho Primary School, Hillwood Primary School, Dalry Primary School and Gylemuir Primary School.

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