To announce McDonald’s renewal of its partnership with the four home nations Football Associations for a further four years, England and Everton keeper, Jordan Pickford and England and Manchester City striker, Nikita Parris joined children from every home nation to play some of the best loved fun ‘rules’ of football together. The children from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales taught Jordan and Nikita how to play games such as Rush Goalies, One on Ones, the Numbers Game and even took on the famous wheelie bin challenge!
McDonald’s football ambassador, Everton goalkeeper and England international Jordan Pickford said: “Growing up, I was lucky enough to benefit first-hand from McDonald’s support for grassroots clubs and their volunteers, so it’s exciting for me to help them announce the renewal of this partnership. It’s really important that clubs all over the UK get the support they need but also that we continue to attract young, new players to the sport so we can continue to develop talent.”
“Over the past four years we’ve seen some major changes in the game from the growth of disability football to the ongoing rise of the women’s game,” said McDonald’s ambassador and Manchester City and England star Nikita Parris, also speaking at the launch. “With the new programme placing even greater focus on participation and opportunities to play, we’re aiming to make football more and more inclusive and open to everyone. We can’t wait to kick this off and I’m sure it will result in grassroots football being in an even stronger position in four years’ time”.
Having worked closely with all four UK FAs over the past 16 years, McDonald’s is the longest-standing supporter of grassroots football in the UK. Building on the huge growth of grassroots football over the past decade and a half, the next four years will see the introduction of a new, participation-based programme aiming to provide five million hours of fun football for children across the UK by 2022.
Find out more at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/football or follow @FunFootballUK on Twitter and Instagram.