Children from Newtongrange and Dalkeith recently attended the Tesco Bank Football Challenge National Festival at Hampden Park, Glasgow.
Pupils from Kings Park Primary School in Dalkeith and Newtongrange Primary School enjoyed a fantastic day of football fun at the National Stadium.
Scotland international and Heart of Midlothian player Callum Paterson, along with Scotland female international and Glasgow City midfielder Leanne Ross were on hand as the children, who have all taken part in six weeks of coaching with the Scottish FA, came together for a fun-filled finale at the National Stadium.
Callum and Leanne also went head-to-head in the first ever Tesco Bank Football Challenge penalty shoot-out competition, each captaining a team of mini football stars who took to the famous Hampden spot in a fun challenge to beat the keeper.
Callum said: “It has been a fantastic day here at Hampden, and amazing to see so many boys and girls have a brilliant time on the pitch. Initiatives like the Tesco Bank Football Challenge help instil the importance of an active lifestyle at an early age and also gives children memories they’ll remember for a long time to come.”
Leanne Ross said: “It was great to see girls and boys, being encouraged to have fun with football today. The Tesco Bank Football Challenge provides brilliant experiences for children across Scotland, which in turn hopefully inspires them to lead healthy, active lifestyles.”
Jim Fleeting, Director of Football Development at the Scottish FA said: “The Tesco Bank Football Challenge National Festival at Hampden Park is always a great event. The programme uses the power of football to encourage children to have fun while developing a range of physical and social skills, and today’s event is a culmination of the work that has been going on all around the country.
“There’s nothing better than seeing children developing a love of the game, and to see them playing with smiles on their faces here at the National Stadium makes this event even more special.”
Over 100,000 children across every school in Scotland have now enjoyed taking part in the country’s leading football participation programme which aims to get primary two and three children (six to eight years old) active through basic football skills. The children have the opportunity to take part in activities such as 4v4 games, ball skills and non-competitive challenges.
The UEFA Awarded Programme has also given additional training and support to more than 5,000 teachers through Scottish FA led in-service courses ensuring that football and sporting activity continues in schools after the Challenge moves on.