The six-week Tesco Bank Programme came to an end in October, with over 300 children in primary 2 and primary 3 having received the coaching sessions.
Children in Bridge of Allan Primary, Riverside Primary, Cornton Primary and Fallin Primary enjoyed six weeks of coaching, incorporating warm-ups, different skills, fun games and small-sided games delivered by SAFC Community Engagement Manager Andy Todd and Modern Apprentice Sandy Cunningham, with a couple of visits from Albion midfielder Dale Fulton. Bino the Bear also made an appearance to say hello to the kids, as well as seeing all the new skills they had been learning!
The programme has now linked into the McDonald’s programme, which is six further weeks of coaching out at a local club, with the aim of this creating some new age groups at that club. The local club these schools are linking to this year is our very own Stirling Albion Junior Academy, with the sessions taking place at Forthbank. There has been a fantastic response of children signing up, which shows how successful the Tesco Bank programme has been this year.
Active Stirling has run the programme for the last few years, in partnership with the Scottish FA and Tesco Bank, and Andy Todd is delighted that the programme can now be expanded with the involvement of Stirling Albion.
He said: “It has been a fantastic programme this year with Stirling Albion now being involved. Active Stirling continue to run the Tesco Bank programme but it has been expanded this year, thanks to our partnership, with more schools receiving the programme and meaning three local clubs could be targeted rather than the usual two. The children all seemed to love their football sessions and we had a fantastic response of the children wanting to continue the football for the next six weeks.”
Michael McPake, Active Schools Co-ordinator (Wallace) at Active Stirling, added: “Over the last couple of months, Stirling Albion Community have been working closely with Active Stirling to offer football opportunities to school pupils in local Wallace Cluster Primary Schools. Andy Todd and Sandy Cunningham have been delivering in six Primary Schools and one High School across the cluster and have been giving football lessons to girls and boys throughout the schools.
“I feel Stirling Albion has made a massive impact in the schools in the first few months of the season. They have offered high-quality football coaching sessions and opportunities to join the football club and watch the first team play. As a Stirling Albion fan, it has been a fantastic project for me to be involved with as an Active School Co-ordinator for Active Stirling. We are hoping to offer many more opportunities to pupils in Stirling and will work very hard to make sure we try to offer children the chance to play for the club and become fans of the club.”