Football and fun

CHILDREN from across Angus had an amazing morning of football and fun at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival at the Farmington FC ground last Thursday.

The 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 2 and 3 childreen across Scotland and helps them get engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.

Now in its second year, 800 boys and girls in the area have taken part joining 36,000 from across Scotland.

Helayna Ives, teacher at Strathmore Primary School, said: “The children had a fantastic day. The programme fits in really well to the Curriculum for Excellence, but more than anything else it gets the children active at the same time as having a lot of fun. I cannot recommend the programme highly enough.”

Scott Nicoll, Angus Council’s Scottish FA football development officer said: “At a time when participation is a big topic of discussion, we are delighted to have the opportunity to get local kids involved in basic football activity through the Tesco Bank Football Challenge, which fits in entirely with the Scottish FA’s Scotland United 2000 strategy. The target is to double the number of participants in football this year to 135,000 .”