Today Scotland star Robert Snodgrass returned to his former Primary School in Glasgow to announce that the Tesco Bank Football Challenge has now supported more than 5,000 teachers to help them get children more active via in-service training sessions.

The Hull City midfielder met Primary Three children at St Anne’s Primary School as they enjoyed a session with Scottish FA coaches, before speaking to children across the whole school.

As part of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge, in partnership with the Scottish FA, children receive six weeks of in-school coaching to help kick-start a love of the game and to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

Through dedicated Scottish FA-led Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses, teachers are given additional training plans and skills to keep football and sporting activity going on in schools after the Challenge moves on.

Over 82,000 children across more than 2,000 schools in Scotland have now enjoyed taking part in the country’s leading football participation programme.

Tesco Bank’s Community Programme helps about 70,000 children each year through its partnerships with the Scottish FA, The Reading Agency and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Robert Snodgrass, Scotland and Hull City star said, said:

“It was fantastic to come back to my old school today and to see they are so involved in the Tesco Bank Football Challenge. The fact that over 5,000 teachers have now been involved in these CPD sessions is brilliant because without teachers or coaches I couldn’t have gone on to achieve my dream.

"My love of the game started at an early age and we know that even if children aren’t going to go on and have a career in the game we can help them to have fun with football and build the confidence to have a healthy and active life.”

Jim Fleeting, Scottish FA Director of Football Development commented:

“A big part of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge is about long term habits, and so it is fantastic that over 5,000 teachers been involved in sessions to help them continue to put on a programme of activity in the longer term after our coaches move on to the next school.

“We believe we’re helping to facilitate an incredibly positive change in the attitude towards getting kids more active and it’s inspiring!”

Adele Mills, Senior Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank, added:

“Our Community Programme is about encouraging children to build positive, lifelong habits. However, we are also very proud that 5,000 teachers have benefitted from coaching, giving them the confidence to keep children in their schools involved in the game.

“We’re already seeing evidence of schools benefiting from our six weeks of coaching that almost every school in Scotland has now enjoyed.”