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23 February, 2017

Callum Paterson heads back to the classroom with Tesco Bank Football Challenge

Today (Thursday 23rd February), Hearts and Scotland international Callum Paterson returned to his former primary school, Queensferry PS, South Queensferry, in support of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge initiative.  

The former pupil met primary two and three children as they enjoyed a training session with Scottish FA coaches.  

Tesco Bank Football Challenge is now in its seventh year, is run in partnership with the Scottish FA. Every year the project introduces 20,000 children to football in primary two and three (six to eight years old) across Scotland to help get them involved in a healthy and active lifestyle.  

More than 120,000 children across 2200 primary schools in Scotland have now engaged with the country’s leading football participation programme. Teachers and volunteers also continue to enjoy the Scottish FA’s in-service programme with more than 7500 now trained to support the growth of football in schools.  

Callum Paterson said:  

“I had loads of fun visiting my old school today, especially as my mum actually works here! It’s great to see that they are so engaged in the Tesco Bank Football Challenge, especially after I supported their fantastic National Festival at Hampden last year. This school was where my love of football began, and currently the most important thing for these kids is having fun with football and instilling the importance of a healthy and active life.”  

Jim Fleeting, Scottish FA Director of Football Development, commented: 

“It is fantastic to see Callum return to his old school to engage with children that share his passion for football. One of the key goals of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge is to encourage children to have fun while developing a range of physical and social skills, and Callum is an excellent role model for these children in all of these aspects.”  

Adele Mills, Senior Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank, added:  

“Through our community programme we are passionate about encouraging children to develop positive, lifelong habits and have fun whilst doing so. We’re delighted that the Tesco Bank Football Challenge could bring Callum back to his primary school to see the children taking part, and we are proud that such a positive role model continues to support our Football Challenge initiative.”  

We would kindly ask media colleagues to use the following line “Callum Paterson was speaking at the Tesco Bank Football Challenge  at Queensferry Primary School, South Queensferry. Over 120,000 children have now taken part in the grassroots  programme.”  




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Lyndsey Clark, Progress Sponsorship & Communications 07703 987 098 

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As part of Tesco, we recognise the importance of building trust with the communities in which we serve customers.  We do this by creating opportunities for young people, supporting local communities and encouraging healthy choices.  

That’s why, each year, our Community Programme provides inspirational opportunities for 85,000 children by building skills and confidence and encouraging positive habits – helping them lead happier, healthier lives. Over the last seven years, not only have we engaged 330,000 kids but we’ve also helped raise over £1.7million for charities and our employees have volunteered over 24,000 hours of their time to help good causes in their local communities.  

Tesco Bank’s goal is to make banking and insurance easier and better value for people who shop at Tesco. We’ve been around since 1997 and today we help more than 6 million customers every day with everything from insuring their pets, to buying their first home.  Our 4,000 colleagues serve our customers seven days a week from our four main centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle, and we are also available through online and mobile banking 24/7.  

Tesco Bank is a trading name of Tesco Personal Finance plc. Registered in Scotland No. 173199. Registered Address: Interpoint Building, 22 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH.    

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