Year 1 of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge is well and truly up and running in the South West Region. All five Local Authorities within the South West are involved in the delivery of this exciting new schools initiative and more than 50 schools across the Region are currently benefitting from the experience of regular coaching sessions.


The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a four year community programme run in partnership with the Scottish FA. The programme introduces football to Primary 2 and Primary 3 children (6-8 years old) across Scotland and gets them engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.


Tesco Bank is investing over £1 million in the programme and will use the power of football to get 6 to 8-year-old children active. The aim is to reach 72,000 boys and girls of all levels and abilities in, at least, 1,600 primary schools across Scotland's 32 local authorities with over 500,000 coaching hours.


Benny Higgins, Chief Executive of Tesco Bank commented: "Tesco Bank aims to make a positive contribution both in the way we do business and by supporting community initiatives. Football is central to this programme, acting as a vehicle for fitness and the development of both physical and social skills.


"Our aim is to see hundreds of boys and girls from across the region participating in football on a regular basis and having fun. We hope our initiative gives the kids an experience that will stay with them for life and ultimately encourage regular involvement in the game."


For further information on the programme contact your local Football Development Officer whose details can be found within Regional Information.