Kids enjoy football and food with help of Tartan Army

Kids enjoy football and food with help of Tartan Army

in #KillieStories December 5, 2017

Kids from East Ayrshire enjoyed a mixture of football and food as part of a programme involving Kilmarnock Community Sports Trust and the Tartan Army Children's Charity.

Each Monday, primary 7 pupils from across the region enjoy weeks of training and games at Rugby Park before receiving a hot, nutritious meal in the Sports Bar.

The programme aims to help the kids develop their social skills, increase their confidence and give them an insight into a professional sporting environment.

Through a love of football, the project is designed to present the kids with positive models and widen their horizons about life outside of football and educate them about how to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

One of the children benefitting from the project, said: “We play some games and then come in for our dinner. It’s a lot of fun coming here and I really enjoy the penalty shoot outs.”

Community engagement manager Paul Di Giacomo said: "We received funding from the Tartan Army Children's Charity, which allows Kilmarnock Football Club to engage with the pupils of Hillhead and Shortlees Primary Schools.

"The hope is that the kids have a positive experience and improve their confidence and life skills and become Kilmarnock supporters.

"This really is a fantastic programme and one which we hope can sustain to benefit other young people in East Ayrshire."