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Kids shoot for Hampden with the Tesco Bank Football Challenge!

300 children from across Scotland enjoyed a fantastic day of football fun, as the Tesco Bank Football Challenge celebrated the end of the season with a National Festival on the pitch at Hampden Park, in Glasgow.

Scotland international and Heart of Midlothian player Callum Paterson along with Scottish female international and Glasgow City midfielder Leanne Ross were on hand as the children, who have all taken part in six weeks of coaching with the Scottish FA, came together for a fun-filled finale at the National Stadium.

Callum and Leanne also went head-to-head in the first ever Tesco Bank Football Challenge penalty shoot-out competition, each captaining a team of mini football stars who took to the famous Hampden spot in a fun challenge to beat the keeper!

Over 100,000 children across every school in Scotland have now enjoyed taking part in the country’s leading football participation programme which aims to get Primary Two and Three children (six to eight years old) active through basic football skills. The children have the opportunity to take part in activities such as 4v4 games, ball skills and non-competitive challenges.

The UEFA Awarded Programme has also given additional training and support to more than 5,000 teachers through Scottish FA led in-service courses ensuring that football and sporting activity continues in schools after the Challenge moves on.

Callum said:

“It has been a fantastic day here at Hampden, and amazing to see so many boys and girls have a brilliant time on the pitch. Initiatives like the Tesco Bank Football Challenge help instil the importance of an active lifestyle at an early age and also gives children memories they’ll remember for a long time to come.”

Leanne Ross said:

“It was great to see girls and boys, being encouraged to have fun with football today. The Tesco Bank Football Challenge provides brilliant experiences for children across Scotland, which in turn hopefully inspires them to lead healthy, active lifestyles.”

Jim Fleeting, Director of Football Development at the Scottish FA said:

“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge National Festival at Hampden Park is always a great event. The programme uses the power of football to encourage children to have fun while developing a range of physical and social skills, and today’s event is a culmination of the work that has been going on all around the country.

“There's nothing better than seeing children developing a love of the game, and to see them playing with smiles on their faces here at the National Stadium makes this event even more special.”

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

“We’re delighted to bring 300 children from the length and breadth of the country to Hampden Park for a day of football and fun. Promoting a healthy lifestyle is a key part of our Community Programme and what better place to inspire the kids to get active and have fun with their friends than at the National Stadium.”


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Notes to Editors:

The primary schools attending the festival were: Kellands Primary School, Riverbank Primary School, Airlie Primary School, Rockfield Primary School, Newlands Primary School, Menstrie Primary School, Leswalt Primary School, Eastern Primary School, Barshare Primary School, Craigdhu Primary School, Netherlee Primary School, Bankier Primary School, Capshard Primary School, Hyndland Primary School, Mount Florida Primary School, Ormiston Primary School, Lady Alice Primary School, Newtongrange Primary School, Kings Park Primary School, Kelburn Primary School, Thornlie Primary School, Goodlyburn Primary School, Milton of Leys Primary School, Newton Primary School, St Kenneth's Primary School, Auchenlodment Primary School, Dunblane Primary School, Kilbowie Primary School and Simpson Primary School.

At Tesco Bank, we recognise the importance of supporting the communities in which we serve. We do this by creating opportunities for young people, supporting local communities through fundraising and volunteering and encouraging healthy choices.

Every year our art, reading and football programmes build skills and confidence and encourage positive habits for more than 70,000 children - helping them lead happier, healthier lives.

Activities in the programme include:

  • Tesco Bank Football Challenge: a partnership with the Scottish FA which has, so far, introduced more than 100,000 P2 and P3 children to physical activity through football in a fun and friendly way.
  • Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland, in association with The Reading Agency, encourages 40,000 school children to read six books over the summer holidays.
  • Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools, in partnership with the National Galleries of Scotland, inspired more than 7,000 young people to get creative in 2015.
  • Fundraising for local children’s charities – partners for 2016/17 are River Kids, If You Care Share and With Kids– and the Tesco National Charity Partner Diabetes UK.
  • Volunteering to support the local communities in which we live and work. Tesco Bank employees have dedicated over 3000 hours of their time in 2015-16.

About Us: 

Tesco Bank’s goal is to make banking and insurance easier and better value for people who shop at Tesco. We’ve been around since 1997 and today we help more than 5 million customers manage their money every day. Our 4,000 colleagues serve our customers seven days a week from our three main centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, and we are also available through online and mobile banking 24/7. Tesco Bank participates in the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board.

Tesco Bank is a trading name of Tesco Personal Finance plc. Registered in Scotland No. SC173199. Registered Office: 2 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9FQ


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