Local primary school children from across North Lanarkshire had an incredible morning of football, as Motherwell midfielder Iain Vigurs joined them for a fun-filled Tesco Bank Football Challenge festival.

Ravenscraig hosted a finale to remember as 240 pupils from 24 schools became the latest to complete 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 engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.

A remarkable 61,112 children across 1,562 schools in Scotland have now engaged with the country’s leading football participation programme. Teachers and volunteers continue to enjoy the Scottish FA’s in-service programme with over 3,500 now trained to support the growth of football in schools.

Isabel Agnew, Head Teacher at St Andrew’s Primary School, said: “The children have had a great six weeks of coaching with the Scottish FA and today marks a perfect end to the programme. They have learned so many important skills since taking part.”

Scottish FA Football Development Officer Andy Smith said: “The Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to grow across the length and breadth of the country and we’re pleased to welcome the children to Motherwell for this latest festival.”

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank, added: “The Tesco Bank Football Challenge has benefited teachers, pupils and volunteers year on year and has an important aim of promoting health and wellbeing to youngsters in Scotland. It was great to see the children having such a great time today.”

The primary schools attending the festival were: All Saints, Petersburn, Dunrobin, St Dominic’s, St Aloysius, Chapelhall, St Edwards, Tollbrae, Plains, St David’s, St Mary’s, Glengowan, Calderbank, Corpus Christi, Rochsolloch, Victoria, St Andrew’s, Chapelside, Golfhill, New Monkland, Greengairs, Clarkston, St Serf’s and Kirk O’Shotts.