72,000 children through Tesco Bank Football Challenge programme six months ahead of target
11 November 2013
Today (11th November 2013), Scottish FA youth ambassador David Weir announced that the Tesco Bank Football Challenge has reached its four-year target, of getting 72,000 children active, six months ahead of schedule.
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.
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. A national festival at Hampden Park brings the school year of football to a memorable close.
Over 3,000 teachers and volunteers have also been engaged in in-service training, exceeding the initial target and allowing the programme to continue in schools, resulting in a rise in grassroots football clubs throughout Scotland.
Former Rangers, Everton, Hearts and Falkirk defender David Weir said,
“The latest participation figures show that the Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to excel and now over 72,000 children have benefited from this great programme. Encouraging children to keep fit and healthy within a fun environment is key to making sure that these habits are continued into adulthood.”
Jim Fleeting, Scottish FA head of football development, said,
“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is one of the key programmes into the Scottish FA’s National Player Pathway and hopefully it will send them in the right direction in life and create a real love for the game along the way.”
Adele Mills, community investment manager at Tesco Bank, added,
“At Tesco Bank we have created a meaningful and lasting partnership with the Scottish FA, and today demonstrates that the children receive real benefits whilst enjoying themselves. We aim to use our scale for good through the Challenge – it not only helps children to be healthy and active, it also inspires confidence and self belief.”
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