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Children from Larbert Village Primary School had an amazing morning of football and fun at Hampden Park on Tuesday 5th March as part of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge community programme in partnership with the Scottish FA.

The primary 5/4 class won a competition run by Tesco Bank for its staff to enjoy a coaching course inside the stadium before embarking on a magical tour of the famous old ground.

The competition was won by Tesco Bank’s Head of IT for Finance, Risk and MI, Margaret McLay who entered on behalf of her daughter Mauragh.  She said: “All the children in Mauragh’s class have been really excited since they heard they had won the trip to Hampden.

"I’m not sure if they were more excited than the staff who accompanied them but there’s been a definite buzz around the class in the last couple of weeks.

"It’s great to win a trip for the school that doesn’t require additional cost from their budget or from parents and I’m sure the experience gained from this unexpected  and very welcome treat will be a talking point for some time to come.

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 engage in a healthy and active lifestyle.

Over 50,000 children have now benefited from the Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme, which was recognised by UEFA, winning a silver grassroots award last season.

Margaret MacDonald, Head Teacher at Larbert Village Primary School said:

“I am thrilled that our class won the competition. The children had a great day and behind the scenes at Hampden Park with Tesco Bank and the Scottish FA.”

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager, Tesco Bank added:

“Colleagues are at the heart of our business and it is important we share with them what our community programmes are about, how they engage with the areas we work in, and why we do so. This particular competition provided us with a great opportunity to tell nearly 4,000 staff about the Tesco Bank Football Challenge, our flagship grassroots sports programme.”