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Children from local primary schools across Glasgow had an amazing morning of football and fun at the Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival at the brand new Ermirates Arena as former Celtic star Tom Boyd paid a special visit to the 103 participants at the start of a week-long series of events.

The schools are the latest to have taken part in six weeks of coaching sessions as part of the Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme and are now coming together for a finale to remember.

This is the first day of festivals, with over 450 children set to benefit over the course of the week.

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.

Former Celtic star Tom Boyd said: “It was fantastic to meet the children and see the powerful effects of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge. It’s great to see this Scottish FA programme getting kids to excited about football, and as a result benefiting from healthier lifestyles.”

Gwen Sinclair, Depute Head teacher at Swinton Primary School, said: “It is fantastic to be part of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge. The children had a wonderful day and one I’m sure they will remember for a very long time.”

Gary Hocknull, football development officer at Glasgow Life, said:“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge continues to grow from strength to strength and we are absolutely delighted to welcome the children to this brilliant new facility at the Emirates Arena.”