10,000 and counting for Scottish youth challenge

Rangers coach Ian Durrant has revealed that another 10,000 children have participated in the Scottish FA’s Tesco Bank Football Challenge in the first 100 days of the project's second season.

Over 29,000 children have now been involved in the first 18 months of the programme.

Durrant was speaking as children from 17 Glasgow primary schools had an amazing day of football and fun at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival at Toryglen Regional Football Centre, in the shadow of the National Stadium, Hampden Park.

The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a four-year community programme run in partnership with the Scottish FA. The project introduces football to Primary 2 and Primary 3 children (six to eight years old) across Scotland to help get them engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.

Overall, more than 36,000 children across Scotland will have been involved in the Tesco Bank Football Challenge by June 2012.

Durrant, a former Scotland star and now a first team coach at Glasgow Rangers, said:

“I think the Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a fantastic programme, and I am delighted to be able to support it as we make this important announcement that another 10,000 children have been involved in the programme.”

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank added: “We are delighted our football programme gives children and teachers in the area the opportunity to get active and learn new skills.

"It is a testament to the demand for the programme that it has reached over 10,000 children in just three months. It’s fantastic to see the boys and girls across the country enjoying themselves, whilst getting fit at the same time.”

In the first year of the programme 479 schools across Scotland’s 32 local authorities participated in the programme, involving 19,061 boys and girls. There were 74 regional festivals and over 1000 teachers and volunteers went through the Scottish FA’s in-service programme.

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

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