Hampden Park magic for 300 Scottish children

Over 300 Scottish schoolchildren got to taste of the magic of Hampden Park this week as part of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge.

Just days after the Scottish Cup Final, the lucky children from the length and breadth of the country had the opportunity of a lifetime to enjoy a coaching session on the same pitch at Scotland's national stadium.

They were joined by Scotland stars Robert Snodgrass - captain of Championship side Leeds United - and Suzanne Grant, leading goalscorer at Celtic in the Scottish Women's Premier League.

From as far north as Inverness, south to Stranraer and west to the Isle of Rothesay, children from 30 different schools took part in a truly special day at the second annual Tesco Bank Football Challenge Hampden Festival.

As well as the coaching session on the hallowed Hampden Park turf, the kids had the chance to take part in the Hampden Experience tour, lift the Scottish FA Cup and enjoy a mini-funfair, all within the confines of the stadium bowl.

Robert Snodgrass said: "I was very excited to be invited to the Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival finale for 2012 at Hampden.

“I think it is superb way to encourage young children to play football as well as sport in general.

"I have been lucky enough to play at Hampden so I know how enjoyable it must be for these children.”

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 kids across Scotland will have been involved in the project by June 2012, including the 301 (to be exact) involved at Hampden Park this week.

To find out more, visit tescobank.com.

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