Children score at Hampden with Tesco Bank Football Challenge
1 June 2015
Today (June 1st 2015), children from across Scotland enjoyed a fantastic day of football fun, as the Tesco Bank Football Challenge welcomed 300 kids to Hampden Park, in Glasgow.
Former Scotland, Celtic, and Borussia Dortmund star Paul Lambert along with Scotland and Glasgow City winger Hayley Lauder were on hand as the children took part in an energetic session on the pitch.
The pupils have taken part in six weeks of coaching sessions as part of the Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme, and came together today for a fun filled finale.
The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a long term 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.
Over 82,000 children have now been engaged in the country’s leading football participation programme. Teachers and volunteers continue to enjoy the Scottish FA’s in-service programme with over 5000 now trained to support the growth of football in schools.
Former Aston Villa and Norwich City manager Paul Lambert said,
"It was brilliant to see so many children have a fantastic time on the pitch at Hampden. I am sure these are memories they’ll remember for a long time. It’s really important to get them excited about being active and the Tesco Bank Football Challenge really helps to do that."
Glasgow city star Hayley Lauder said,
"It was great to see as many girls as boys at Hampden today for the Tesco Bank Football Challenge. What an exciting experience for all the children to enjoy a day at the National Stadium. Hopefully it can help them develop a long-term love of football, and generally staying fit, healthy and active."
Jim Fleeting, Director of Football Development at the Scottish FA said,
"The Tesco Bank Football Challenge has once again been a great success this year, with lots of happy children here today to prove it. We are also delighted to be supporting thousands of teachers along the way too, and we are proud that over 5000 have benefited from Scottish FA in-service training. Today’s festival at Hampden is an excellent way to end another brilliant year."
David McCreadie, Managing Director, Banking at Tesco Bank, added,
"This is our fifth year of support and I’m delighted to see the positive effect the Tesco Bank Football Challenge has had in encouraging tens of thousands of teachers and children to engage in an active lifestyle. We are passionate about creating happy memories and I’m sure each and every one of the children here today will remember their special day playing on the Hampden pitch for a long time to come."
The primary schools attending the festival were:
Banchory Primary School
Timmergreens Primary School
St Andrew's Primary
Halyrude Primary School
Abercromby Primary School
Sanquhar-Kelloholm Primary School
St Peter and Pauls Primary School
Galston Primary School
Westerton Primary School
Windygoul Primary School
Mearns Primary School
Maddiston Primary School
Holy Name RC Primary School
Bankhead Primary School
Wallyford Primary School
St Michael's Primary School
Rosewell Primary School
Pennyburn Primary School
Tannochside Primary School
Letham Primary School
Struthers Primary School
Halfmerke Primary School
St James Primary School
St. Ninians Primary School
St. Patrick's Primary School
Avoch Primary School
Mount Florida Primary School
Parkhead Primary School
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