Shanklin FC will host a McDonald’s and Hampshire FA Fun Football Festival on Saturday (20th July) to celebrate the work of grassroots clubs in the local area and help introduce children to football for the first time.
The event, which will take place at the County Ground on Green Lane from 10:00, will play host to thousands of children, many of whom are taking their first steps in the game.
In a celebration of community football, families will be able to take part in introductory coaching sessions aimed at helping children of all ages and try out a series of inflatable fun football experiences, including a Dribble Tunnel and Speed of Shot.
The Festival includes an inflatable pitch, dribble lane activity, speed of shot inflatable, a powersave inflatable, a celebration knee slider, and an activity book station – with qualified coaches on site, and a special launch with the Mayor of Shanklin and Leader of Isle of Wight Council.
The event will be supported by local McDonald’s franchisee Grant Copper, who is a long-time supporter of grassroots football in Shanklin. He said:
“McDonald’s Fun Football Festivals are a great way to celebrate community football and are always hugely popular events. Shanklin has a thriving grassroots football scene and I look forward to seeing so many children of all ages playing the game for the first time in such a supportive, inclusive environment.”
Shanklin Football Club Chairman Richard Priest said:
“We are delighted that McDonald’s have chosen Shanklin Football Club for their first Island Funday, and we also 24 teams taking part in the Annual 6 A-side tournament – thanks to all the volunteers involved in making this happen.
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“We hope the weekend attracts more players to the sport, in addition to those taking part in the Tournament, and thanks to McDonalds for choosing this weekend for their Festival”.
The Fun Football Festival is part of McDonald’s community partnership with The FA. As the longest standing partner of the FA, McDonald’s has been FA Community Partner for over 16 years and during this time, it has helped thousands of clubs raise the standards of administration, coaching and child welfare, enabling over 4 million kids to play good quality football across the UK.
Fun Football Festivals are taking place throughout the UK this summer alongside Fun Football Centres. To find out more about the McDonald’s and The FA community partnership visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/funfootball.