The Scottish FA and McDonald’s will once again give lucky community football clubs the chance to put on a festival full of football fun for their local community as the McDonald’s Community Football Days return.
Since 2015, community clubs across the country have been offered the chance to win a visit from a Scottish FA ambassador and a host of inflatable games at the McDonald’s Community Football Days.
The events shine a spotlight on the fantastic work community clubs perform in their area and help participating clubs engage with families, encourage participation and attract new volunteers.
Attendees can expect a fun-filled, inclusive day with football activities for the whole family. They will receive an opportunity to play football in a supervised, encouraging environment, learn skills from accredited coaches and – most importantly – get the chance to become a lasting part of their local football club.
A series of football attractions will be on offer throughout the day, including football games for all ages, designed to encourage new players and develop existing talent.
In addition, games designed to develop new and existing volunteers as coaches and referees will be on offer, encouraging participation in football outside of playing the game.
Six clubs from across Scotland will be selected to host one of the McDonald’s Community Football Days, with two of those six chosen as “Hero” events. The Hero events will be given McDonald’s inflatable games for the day and will be attended by a special guest football ambassador for the day, such as 2015 ambassador and former Scotland international, Stuart McCall.
Andrew Gould, Scottish FA Head of Football Development, said: “We are delighted to partner with McDonald’s again to bring Community Football Days to our community clubs.
“Community clubs are the lifeblood of grassroots football in Scotland and these days not only help shine a light on the fantastic work that they do for their community, but also help them recruit volunteers and grow participation in a variety of areas at all ages.”
To qualify as a host of one of the McDonald’s Community Football Days, clubs must be hosting the intended event between June and September.
All clubs that express an interest in hosting a Community Football Day will be given access to a toolkit, even if they are not selected, so that that have all the resources necessary to run an open day at their club.
To register your interest in hosting a McDonald’s Community Football Day, visit http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Sport/Football/LetsPlay/community-football-days.html
Registered clubs will be entered into a draw to become one of six official regional Community Football Days.