Football fever hit Inverness and Fort William as local youngsters and their families headed to two McDonald’s Football Open Days – part of many free, family, community football days taking place around the country this summer.

Organised by McDonald’s franchisee Craig Duncan and local clubs, including the Inverness Youth League and Fort William FC, the Open Days offered families a great opportunity to meet local football heroes.

The Inverness Open Day was attended by ex-Scotland legend and former Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Robertson, who shared some of the tips and tricks acquired through his many years in the game.

At the Fort William Open Day, current Inverness player Chris Innes joined in the fun.

The events formed part of McDonald’s Community partnership with the Scottish FA and aimed to inspire youngsters to sharpen their skills through a series of interactive coaching sessions, mini-tournaments and skills’ inflatables, designed to help develop dribbling, aerial ability and shooting accuracy. Families and friends were also encouraged to join in the fun by trying their hand at coaching or even sign up as a club volunteer. 

Craig Duncan said: “The McDonald’s Open Days were a great opportunity for our local communities to get together and enjoy family-focused football days out. By encouraging local volunteers to qualify as community coaches, we’re helping to increase access to free, qualified coaching for youngsters around Inverness and Fort William - so they can enjoy many more days like these all year round.”