Football fever at Bute’s primaries

P3 pupils from Bute's three primary schools at this week's football festival at Rothesay Joint Campus.
P3 pupils from Bute's three primary schools at this week's football festival at Rothesay Joint Campus.

EIGHTY children from Bute’s three primary schools had an amazing day of football and fun at a Tesco Bank Football Challenge Festival this week at Rothesay Joint Campus.

North Bute, St Andrew’s and Rothesay primaries are the latest to have taken part in six weeks of coaching sessions as part of the Scottish FA’s flagship participation programme came together on Friday 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 P2 and P3 children, aged six to eight years old, across Scotland to help get them engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.

Now in its second year, a thousand boys and girls in the area have taken part this year across ten schools.

Overall, more than 36,000 children across Scotland will have been involved in the Tesco Bank Football Challenge by June 2012.

Martin Rae, football development officer at Argyll and Bute Council commented: “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 2020 strategy.”