Children from local primary schools across Forres and Keith had a morning of football and fun at the Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festivals, 182 participants took part over the two mornings .

The schools came together at Mosset Park, Forres and Keith Grammar Astro Turf for a finale to remember, after taking part in six weeks of coaching sessions as part of the Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme.

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.

After two years of the programme over 39,000 children (8.7% more than targeted) across 1000 schools in Scotland have been engaged with the country’s leading football participation programme, accounting for more than 40% of the nation’s primary schools.

The Scottish FA led programme was recognised by UEFA, winning a silver grassroots award last season.

Moray Council Football development co-ordinator, Arthur Jack, said: “This is the second year the Tesco Bank football Challenge has been delivered in Moray and it continues to be enjoyed by all schools taking part.”

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank added:“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to be a huge success. We’re delighted that children in Moray can benefit and carry on being part of a programme that has been recognised by UEFA as outstanding in its field.”