Kilbirnie Community Football Club recently played host to the South West Region’s McDonald’s/Scottish FA Community Football Day.

Over 250 people were in attendance throughout the day at Valefield Park – home of Legacy Level Quality Mark club Kilbirnie Community Football Club. 

A new series of Community Football Days – run in conjunction with McDonald’s and the Scottish FA – are being rolled out across the country this summer and hope to encourage more players and volunteers into the game.

The family-themed events place a focus on youth participation and attendees at Valefield were treated to a range of activities, including bubble football, small-sided games, skills zones, beat the goalie and inflatable activities.

Furthermore, Sunday’s Community Day also featured coach recruitment sessions and fundraising activities to benefit the host club.

Scottish FA (South West) Club Development Manager David Sheldon is confident the Open Days can provide a way for community clubs to raise their profile and attract new people into the game.

He said: “The key aim of the open days is to inspire young people along to their local club and get them participating in football with a view to capturing their enthusiasm longer term. Clubs will also have the opportunity to attract new volunteers and helpers along and show to the whole community what they can provide.

“Our clubs have a huge part to play in the development of our game and this project allows us to support them become more visible and better equipped to grow and spread the enjoyment of our game further.

As always, we are delighted with McDonald’s continued support of the grassroots game and credit must also go to John McMillan at KCFC for organising today’s event.”

Kilbirnie Community Football Club Chairman John McMillan was pleased with the turnout and hailed the Community Day as a great success.

He said: "Firstly, we would like to thank McDonalds and the Scottish FA for their fantastic support of this event.

"The Community Football Day has provided us with an ideal platform to showcase what we have to offer, as a club, to the wider community. As a result, we hope this enables us to attract more volunteers to become part of the KCFC family.

"This type of event only helps to reinforce the idea – to players, parents, volunteers and the local community - that we are more than just a football club.’’

For more information on Club Development in the South West Region please contact Club Development Manager David Sheldon via e-mail