Over 600 children from Dundee joined Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish for a fun-packed McDonald’s Football Open Day.
And local 10-year-old Craig Christie was celebrating after winning a Player Escort competition to walk out with the Scotland and Holland teams ahead of September's World Cup Qualifier at Hampden Park.
The McDonald’s Football Open Day took place at Monymusk Playing Fields on Saturday 4th July, courtesy of local McDonald’s franchisee, Dave Jeffrey, and in partnership with the Scottish FA and Dundee United Sports Club.
The event was part of the McDonald’s Community Football programme which aims to help more people support football in the community - either as players, supporters or coaches.
Kenny Dalglish, McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, was on hand to cast an eye over the local football talent, providing coaching advice and tips for the youngsters.
He said “We want to inspire everyone to get involved in football, from grassroots level and beyond and the Open Days are a fantastic starting point. As well as bringing the community together for a fun family day, we’re offering new skills and providing people with the opportunity to get involved.
"I’m attending Open Days across the country and I’ve been amazed at the enthusiasm being shown for the national game. I think it’s great that we’re bringing the fun back into football and encouraging more people to enjoy the national game.”
Dave Jeffrey said: “The McDonald’s Open Day is a great opportunity for people to get together and enjoy football. Whether it's youngsters having their first kick of the ball or dads getting some tips from the coaches, there is something for everyone."
Steven Maloney from Dundee United Sports Club said: “It has been a great day of football and we hope that everyone who came along had as much fun as we did. Grassroots football is key to the development of the national game and it was inspiring to see so many people, young and old, here to get involved. Thanks to Dave and his team for all of the support – we couldn’t have done it without them!”