Budding sports stars

Netherlee Primary pupils pictured at Hampden Park.
Netherlee Primary pupils pictured at Hampden Park.

Southside schoolkids celebrated the end of the footy season at Hampden, courtesy of the Tesco Bank Football Challenge.

The pupils from Netherlee Primary were invited to take part in the on-pitch festival - and boy did they have a ball!

Scotland international and Heart of Midlothian player Callum Paterson and Scotland female international and Glasgow City midfielder Leanne Ross were on hand for the day.

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 attempted to beat the keeper.

Over 100,000 children across schools in Scotland have now enjoyed taking part in the country’s leading football participation programme which aims to get Primary Two and Three children active through basic football skills.

The children have the opportunity to take part in 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.

Callum said: “It was a fantastic day and amazing to see so many boys and girls have a brilliant time on the pitch.

“Initiatives like the Tesco Bank Football Challenge help instil the importance of an active lifestyle at an early age and give children memories they’ll remember for a long time to come.”