The Scottish FA’s leading football participation programme, the Tesco Bank Football Challenge, passed a landmark figure this month.
More than 100,000 children have now taken part in the programme, which sees primary school children stay fit and active via sessions run by Scottish FA coaches.
Scotland star David Marshall marked the landmark by returning to his former primary school – St Thomas’ Primary in Riddrie, Glasgow – where pupils enjoyed a session with Scottish FA coaches, before the star former pupil spoke to children from across the whole school.
“It was great to visit my old school today and to see they are so engaged in the Tesco Bank Football Challenge,” said the Cardiff City goalkeeper.
“The fact that 100,000 children have now been involved in such a prestigious football programme is brilliant, as programmes like this teach good exercise habits from an early age.
“My love of football started when I was young, however if children aren’t going to go on and have a career in the game it’s still vital to help them to have fun with football and instil the importance of a healthy and active life.”
Over 100,000 children across every school in Scotland have now enjoyed taking part in the SFA’s flagship participation programme, which provides children with six weeks of in-school coaching to help kick-start a love of the game and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Jim Fleeting, Scottish FA Director of Football Development, said: “A big part of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge is reaching out to as many children as possible, and so it is fantastic that over 100,000 kids have been involved in sessions to help them form a healthy, active lifestyle and have fun doing so.
“Our coaches work incredibly hard to promote how important this is and the hard work has certainly paid off in light of this milestone!”
Tesco Bank’s Community Programme helps more than 70,000 children each year through its partnerships with the Scottish FA, The Reading Agency and the National Galleries of Scotland.