To celebrate the end of the first 10 weeks of the Tesco Bank programme in East Dunbartonshire on the 16th November, 120 school children got the chance to perfect the football skills they had been practising at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival.

The event, held at Allander Sports Centre in Kirkintilloch, led the young players through a skills and games, like the one they had received in the Tesco Bank sessions at their school.

This project was new for the school year, with children aged Primary 2 and 3 being given the opportunity not only to become involved in football but encourage them to see the role sport and activity can play in a healthy lifestyle.

Scottish FA Development Officer Stuart Alexander said:
“The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is integral to the development of the game in Scotland. It is not only about learning basic football skills but also about getting children involved in physical activity. I think it is fantastic that so many children from the East Dunbartonshire area have been given the chance to take part in an initiative that is beneficial for both the local community and Scottish football.”

Benny Higgins, Chief Executive of Tesco Bank commented:
“Tesco Bank aims to make a positive contribution to East Dunbartonshire 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.”

Well done to all the players who took part on the day and they can look forward to the next festival scheduled for the start of June.