The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and local Offaly football clubs Killeigh FC, Tullamore Town FC; Westmeath football clubs St Peters Athlone, Temple Villa and Mullingar Athletic; and Laois football clubs Mountmellick FC and Portlaoise AFC teamed up to host a free McDonald’s FAI Future Football Fun Day in Offaly.
The Family Fun Day in Offaly took place on Saturday, July 12 at Tullamore Town football grounds and was a free event for boys and girls to attend. The day consisted of a whole host of exciting, interactive activities from shooting and kicking skills tests, to speed ladders and soccer tennis, all aimed at developing skills in young players.
The Fun Day is part of McDonald’s FAI Future Football programme, which is in its second year and which supports the development of football at grassroots level in clubs nationwide. In 2013, the McDonald’s FAI Future Football programme generated more than 35,000 additional hours of activity for over 4,000 children participating in the programme. For 2014, 140 clubs have registered to participate and it is expected that up to 7,000 boys and girls in Ireland will take part, generating 60,000 additional hours of activity.
The McDonald’s FAI Future Football Cup Competition has also kicked off, with mixed boys and girls teams taking part in 4 v. 4 and 7 v. 7 games across three age categories (u8, u9 & u10). Each team will have the chance to progress to the McDonald’s Cup Final taking place in October in the Aviva Stadium.
Commenting, Brendan O’Loughlin, Owner/Operator for McDonald’s restaurants in Offaly and Laois said, “There was a great atmosphere in the McDonald’s restaurant’s in the lead up to the Future Football Fun Day. We were delighted to see the number of teams participating from Offaly increase this year, making the Fun Day a huge success with more boys and girls participating.”
Commenting, Sean Corcoran, Owner/Operator for McDonald’s restaurant in Westmeath said:,“Our McDonald’s Future Football champions have been working hard with the FAI and local football clubs in the lead up to the Fun Day. We were thrilled to see the local community out in force to support their team and join in on the Future Football Fun Day activities!”
Barry Gleeson, Club and League Development Manager with the FAI added, “The Future Football Fun Day is a great way to inspire the local community to really get behind the initiative and support local football clubs to help develop the game at grassroots level. The FAI is delighted to be working with McDonald’s to help build the skills of the next generation of Irish footballers.”
This summer 24 McDonald’s FAI Future Football Fun Days will be held throughout Ireland as part of the programme and provide a fun and friendly environment in which players at grassroots level can develop their skills.
For further information, visit http://mcdonaldsfuturefootball.fai.ie