The Tesco Bank Football Challenge works in partnership with the Scottish FA to deliver coaching and training sessions for Primary 2-3 pupils across Scotland, not to find the next Lionel Messi or Kenny Dalgleish, but to give children the opportunity to have fun, run around and play football with their friends in a safe environment.
The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is the foundation of the Scottish FA's Development Plan. It is based in the four-a-side "Desire to Play" Programme and designed to develop social skills, health & fitness, camaraderie and the development of physical literacy skills.
The Scottish FA’s network of coaches deliver training sessions in schools around the country and hold Festivals with the likes Aberdeen, St Johnstone, Kilmarnock and Hearts.
Each year of the programme culminates with a National Festival for more than 400 children from schools across Scotland at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Here’s the action from Hampden featuring Tristan and Ruby from Arrochar Primary School and Scotland star Jamie Murphy:
In addition, the programme has now given CPD training to over 7,500 teachers. To inspire the pupils further we've also taken current and ex-Scotland players, such as Andy Robertson, John McGinn and Lee McCulloch into primary schools to inspire the chidren. Here are the highlights from Lee McCulloch's visit to Caldwerwood Lodge Primary School.
We have support from numerous ambassadors from the world of Scottish football who are honoured to attach their name to a programme with such a fantastic reputation including Sir Alex Ferguson, Alex McLeish, Owen Coyle, Gemma Fay, Leanne Ross and Paul Lambert.
All in all, the Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a programme that is rewarding in every way imaginable and we’re proud to call it our own.