1,000 not out for Scottish FA's primary challenge

The Scottish FA has revealed that more than 1,000 teachers and volunteers participated in the Tesco Bank Football Challenge last year.

Scotland’s leading participation project for children in Primary 2 and Primary 3 (6-8 years old), aims to deliver around half a million hours of professional coaching in schools, the first of its sort in Scottish football history.

The programme, which aims to engage 72,000 boys and girls of all levels and abilities in over 1,600 primary schools across Scotland, is an essential part of the Scottish FA’s Scotland United 2020 vision.

The SFA's Head of Regional Development, Andy Gould, said: “It’s fantastic that so many teachers and volunteers have lent their time to the in-service programme.

"The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is about creating a legacy so the children can continue to enjoy their football”

Adele Mills, community development manager at Tesco Bank, sponsors of the programme, said: “The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is allowing a generation of new teachers and volunteers to understand what it takes to lead exciting, vibrant football sessions, as part of the Curriculum for Excellence, which promotes getting children active, one of the Scottish government’s priorities.”

Scotland boss Levein hails first year success

Craig Levein has pledged his support to the Tesco Bank Community Football Programme.

The Scotland National Coach was speaking as the programme enters its second year and he hopes that the Tesco Bank Football Challenge will continue to get more and more primary children playing football.

“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a fantastic programme and deserves plaudits for all the success of its first year,” said Levein.

“The programme uses the power of football as a vehicle for children to have fun and, at the same time, develop a range of physical and social skills.

"We know that kids’ enjoyment is key to long-term participation, which can only be good for the game.”

“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is integral to the development of the game in Scotland. It is not only about learning basic football skills but also about getting children involved in physical activity and leading healthier lives.

"It’s fantastic to see Tesco Bank working with the Scottish FA to give local children the opportunity to take part in a programme that is so beneficial for Scottish football.”

To find out more about the Tesco Bank Football Challenge visit www.tescobank.com.

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