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Local primary school children from across Glasgow’s East End recently had an incredible day of football, as the Tesco Bank Football Challenge visited the area for a fun-filled festival at Emirate’s Arena.

The 232 pupils from five local 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 came together for a finale to remember.

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.

Gayle Minnis, Head Teacher at Eastbank 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 learnt so many important skills since taking part.”

Scottish FA Football Development Officer Gary Hocknull 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 Emirates Arena for this latest festival.”

The primary schools attending the festival, which was also supplied with water and fruit by Tesco Extra at the Forge, were Dalmarnock, East Bank, Quarrybrae, Thorntree and Wellshot.