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East Ren kids have a ball at Tesco Bank Football Festival

Programme gives youngsters opportunity to develop new skills

Tesco Bank Football Challenge

Hundreds of primary school pupils got on the ball thanks to the good sports at East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure.

In partnership with the Tesco Bank Football Challenge initiative and the Scottish Football Association, the organisation that runs sport, culture and leisure locally, had staged six weeks of coaching sessions for the youngsters. And on Wednesday the football feast culminated in more than 700 six to eight-year-olds from primary schools all over East Renfrewshire enjoying a day playing a series of matches at Muirend Playing Fields.

The aim of the programme is to teach Primary 2 and 3 children basic football skills and get them active. Teachers will also receive additional training and support through SFA led in-service courses ensuring that football and sporting activity continues. The primary schools attending the football festival were: Braidbar Primary, Busby Primary, Crookfur Primary, St Cadocs Primary, Eaglesham Primary, Carolside Primary, Calderwood Lodge, Kirkhill Primary, Giffnock Primary, St Josephs Primary and Netherlee Primary.

John Gervaise, ERCL's SFA football development officer said: "The children have spent the last few weeks having fun and learning new skills. We're helping them become healthier, happier and more confident whilst promoting the importance of an active lifestyle. The Tesco Bank Football Challenge is a well-established part of our primary school programme, and continues to go from strength to strength in East Renfrewshire."

Chris Newton, Community Manager at Tesco Bank added: "We're very proud that over 100,000 children across every school in Scotland have now benefited from our UEFA Awarded programme, which has seen children grow in confidence, develop their skills and be active. We're committed to creating a legacy in communities across the country and it's fantastic to see so many children from East Renfrewshire enjoying themselves." 

Created 30 March 2016

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