This weekend (28th and 29th July) will see McDonald’s bringing their largest ever Community Football weekend to various locations across Northern Ireland including local grassroots football clubs Tollymore United FC (Newcastle), Maiden City FC (Derry/L~Derry), Carrick Rangers FC (Carrickfergus) and Riverdale FC (Benburb).
From stalls and rides to bouncy castles, football games and music there is something for all the family and the club is encouraging everyone in the local community to attend and participate.
Former England and Arsenal star, Martin Keown will be present at Riverdale FC on Saturday and Carrick Rangers on Sunday, while former Northern Ireland & Spurs legend, Pat Jennings will be attending the Newcastle event through joining Tollymore FC on Saturday and Maiden City FC on Sunday. Further surprise guest stars will be present at the venues throughout the weekend, making this an event not to be missed.
Over 4,000 attendees are expected to attend over the two days with the respective clubs and McDonald’s providing equipment, football coaching and matches to over 400 players of all ages, abilities and genders on a weekly basis.
Pat Jennings, Northern Ireland’s record cap holder spoke with excitement about the weekend ahead;
“The McDonald’s Community Football Days simply get bigger and better each year. Any club which is fortunate enough to host one of these events is in for a day of great fun, participation and inclusivity for children and their families. I would encourage families from the local community to get behind these events by attending and enjoying the amazing facilities provided by McDonald’s and the IFA. With thousands of children set to get involved, this will be a memorable weekend.”
The Community Football Day events are part of McDonald’s community partnership with The Irish FA. McDonald’s is the longest standing supporter of grassroots football in Northern Ireland and continues to champion those who enable children and young adults to play and enjoy football regardless of gender or disability.
The programme focuses on inclusivity through supporting accredited grassroots clubs and their volunteers to raise the standards of grassroots football as well as improving the grassroots experience for young aspiring footballers.
To find out more about the McDonald’s and IFA community partnership and how your club can benefit and for details of other Community Football Days by visiting www.mcdonalds.co.uk/betterplay
If you’re near one of the community days and are looking for a new club for your children to join or are just after a fun, free day out for the whole family, come along and get involved.