Rock­field chil­dren en­joy fun and games at Ham­p­den Park

‘ There’s noth­ing better than see­ing chil­dren play­ing with smiles on their faces here at the Na­tional Sta­dium’

The Oban Times - - Sport -

CHIL­DREN from Rock­field Pri­mary School in Oban en­joyed a fan­tas­tic day of foot­ball fun, as the Tesco Bank Foot­ball Chal­lenge cel­e­brated the end of the sea­son with a Na­tional Fes­ti­val on the pitch at Ham­p­den Park, in Glas­gow last week

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 turf in a fun chal­lenge to beat the keeper.

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.

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.’

Adele Mills, se­nior community in­vest­ment man­ager at Tesco Bank, added: ‘ We’re de­lighted to bring chil­dren from Rock­field Pri­mary to Ham­p­den Park for a day of foot­ball and fun.

‘Pro­mot­ing a healthy life­style is a key part of our community pro­gramme and what better place to in­spire the kids to get ac­tive and have fun with their friends than at the Na­tional Sta­dium.’

The Rock­field chil­dren were ac­com­pa­nied to the event by teach­ers Nina Gra­ham and David McArthur.

Mrs Gra­ham said: ‘The chil­dren had a great time at Ham­p­den and they should all be very proud of them­selves. They were a credit to the school’.

Chil­dren from Oban’s Rock­field School had a fan­tas­tic day out at the Tesco Bank Foot­ball Chal­lenge held at Ham­p­den Park last week

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