Retiring Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan lined up alongside his wife Elaine and children at Noble Primary School to launch the brand new www.tescobankfootballchallenge.com kids’ website.
Mrs Craigan is a teacher at the Bellshill school, located just four miles from her husband’s Fir Park base, the home of Motherwell Football Club.
The website has thousands of pictures from festivals up and down the country, accessible via a child-friendly search function, plus a TV channel with coverage of some of the best events.
Designed in the style of Bobby the Ball’s magical football world, with some of his other friends making appearances it uses cutting edge HTML 5 technology making it accessible across all browsers and most tablets.
As well as news and comprehensive information for parents and carers, the www.tescboankfootballchallenge.com has lots of useful information about playing football and living an active and healthy lifestyle. It’s been created for children at Primary 2 and 3 age groups, the current target for the Tesco Bank Football Challenge.
The new website is also an excellent tool for teachers using the Tesco Bank Football Challenge as a way of inspiring healthy living, within the parameters of the Curriculum for Excellence which promotes lifelong learning in inspiring, creative contexts.
Noble Primary School is set to become the latest to join the Scottish FA’s flagship football participation programme at the start of next session.
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 Primary 3 children (six to eight years old) across Scotland to help get them engaged in a healthy and active lifestyle.
Overall, more than 36,000 children across Scotland will have been involved in the Tesco Bank Football Challenge by June 2012.
Tesco Bank Football Challenge ambassador Stephen Craigan said: “I’m hugely impressed with the website. Its brilliant fun for the kids and includes lots of relevant content, all of which is extremely inspiring. Connecting digital media, so commonly used by children, to sport is a simple but incredibly good idea – the latest in what is a brilliant programme.”
Scottish FA head of regional football development Andy Gould commented: “I’m delighted to see Tesco Bank reinforce their commitment to the Tesco Bank Football Challenge with the launch of www.tescobankfootballchallenge.com. It’s a brilliantly inspiring way to promote playing the game, all through the eyes of the programme’s very popular mascot, Bobby the Ball”
Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager at Tesco Bank added: “We’ve worked extremely hard to create a website which is inspiring, child focused, and rich in content that children, parents, carers, teachers and volunteers can all enjoy, part of Tesco Bank’s commitment to provide the communities in which we work the opportunity to make healthy choices.”
Councillor Jim Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Services with North Lanarkshire Council added: “This is an exciting time for football in North Lanarkshire with Braidhurst High School recently being announced as an ‘Elite Performance Academy’ as part of the SFA’s Performance Strategy.
“As a council, we have invested heavily in our football facilities including the magnificent Ravenscraig sports centre and we are committed to encouraging all our pupils to get more involved in sport and lead healthier lifestyles. We are delighted to be working with the Tesco Bank Football Challenge, and the launch of this new website is a further exciting development in this initiative.”
“In the first year of the programme 479 schools across Scotland’s 32 local authorities participated in the programme, involving 19,061 boys and girls. There were 74 regional festivals and over 1000 teachers and volunteers went through the Scottish FA’s in-service programme.