Leigh Spiers got more than she bargained for when she came along to the McDonald’s Football Open Day in Renfrew last week.
The Primary 7 pupil from West Primary School in Paisley was over the moon when she met footballing hero Kenny Dalglish – the subject of her recent class project.
When Leigh’s teacher Francesca Park heard that Kenny would be attending the McDonald’s Open Day at Renfrew KG V Pavilion, she secretly brought along Leigh's Great Scots class project, in the hope of getting Leigh an autograph from the former Scotland, Liverpool and Celtic star.
Leigh was delighted when she got the chance to chat to Kenny and show him the project. She said: “I was really surprised when Mrs Park said that she had brought my project along. It was exciting to meet Kenny and get his autograph. My dad will be so jealous!”
Kenny, McDonald’s Head of Scottish Football, added: “Leigh did very well with her project - I think she knows more about my career than I do!"
Over 250 local children enjoyed a fun-packed day of football at the McDonald’s Open Day, and Kenny was on hand to cast an eye over the local football talent and provide coaching tips and advice.
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 think it’s great that we’re bringing the fun back into football and encouraging more people to enjoy the national game.”
It was a great day for another local girl, Kaitlyn McEwan from Paisley, who won the Player Escort competition. She will walk out with the Scotland and Macedonia teams ahead of September’s World Cup Qualifier at Hampden Park.
Kaitlyn, who was presented with her prize by Kenny Dalglish and local McDonald’s franchisee Peter O’Keefe, said: “I’m so excited about walking out with the teams; I can’t believe I’ve won! I had a great time at the football open day but this makes it even better!”
McDonald’s has been a Scottish FA Community Partner since 2002, and the free Open Day at the KGV Pavilion 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.