Local primary school children from across East Dunbartonshire had an incredible morning of football, as the Tesco Bank Football Challenge visited the area for a fun-filled festival at the Allander Leisure in Milngavie.

The 252 pupils from six different schools are the latest to have taken part in ten 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.

Jim Kerr, Head Teacher at St Andrew’s Primary School, said:

“The children have had a great ten weeks of coaching with the Scottish FA and today marks a perfect end to the programme for this year. They have learnt so many important skills since taking part.”

Scottish FA Football Development Officer Kevin Murphy 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 the Allander Leisure Centre 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.”