MCDONALD’S is putting on free football sessions for thousands of children.
The fast food chain is setting up around 800 footie meet-ups in over 160 locations across the UK.Parents can sign up to free football sessions for their kids through McDonald’s
The sessions include introductory activities for children with no footballing experience.
Parents don’t need to purchase anything from McDonald’s to sign their kid up – they just need to register online.
The McDonald’s “Fun Football Centres” are designed for children between the ages of five to 11.
All sessions have also been arranged in line with the four Football Associations and government coronavirus guidelines to keep them safe.
For example, no more than 27 children can sign up per meet, along with three coaches, although exact numbers will vary depending on the location.
Parents can sign up via the McDonald’s Fun Football website.
Once you’ve clicked which of the four Football Associations that’s relevant to you – the FA, Scottish FA, Welsh FA or Irish FA – you’ll be asked to choose your county, followed by your nearest “Fun Football Centre”.
You’ll then be able to pick a day you want your child to visit, with most locations having three to four dates to choose from.
There is also the option to order a free Fun Football Activity Book where kids chart their progress with a series of stickers and games.
The Fun Football sessions are part of a four-year deal between McDonald’s and the four UK Football Associations, which will see the restaurant company provide over 5million hours of football by 2022.
As of March this year, McDonald’s has delivered 2.8million hours.
This next round of Fun Football Centres will provide a further 20,000 hours.
Paul Pomroy, McDonald’s UK and Ireland Chief Executive Officer said: “This Autumn we will run more than 800 free football sessions for 5 to 11 year olds to get them playing the beautiful game.
“As a dad of two football mad children desperate for activities during lockdown, I know how important it is kids to get out and about, socialising and being active.
“Through our Fun Football programme we are proudly providing 5 million hours of football for children and introducing more than half a million new players to the game by 2022.”
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