Allan Campbell and Lizzie Arnot help to relaunch McDonald’s Fun Football Centres, offering free, safe and fun football sessions to children

Allan Campbell and Lizzie Arnot paid a special visit to a McDonald’s Fun Football session at the DonaldDewar Centre in Glasgow this week. The surprise visit was to relaunch McDonald’s Fun Football sessions in Scotland, which are designed to give free, safe and fun physical activity to thousands of children across the country, regardless of ability or gender. 

The Scottish international forward and Motherwell starletjoined in with the activities and helped coach youngsters who were taking part in the free football session, which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish FA.

As part of McDonald’s providing one million hours of free coaching this year all under the guidance of top Scottish FA accredited coaches. McDonald’s is also committed to its target of giving over 500,000 children the opportunity to play football for the first time.

McDonald’s Fun Football ambassador Allan Campbell commented: “It’s great to come down and see first-hand kids getting back into football in a fun and safe environment at this McDonald’s Fun Football session. You can see from the excitement and joy on the kids’ faces today just how much this means to them to be back playing.

McDonald’s Fun Football ambassador Lizzie Arnot commented: “These Fun Football sessions are an incredible way to get children back into football after the tough time we’ve had. These are the type of sessions I wish we had when I was growing up and I would highly recommend the Fun Football sessions to anyone who is thinking about taking up or getting back into football. 

Paul Pomroy, Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s UK and Ireland said: “It is a proud moment for McDonald’s to be able to offer so many children access to free fun football in April. As a dad of two boys that love football, I know how much children have missed running around with their friends during lockdown and I’m delighted our programme restarts this weekend as the grassroots season recommences. We are looking forward to offering even more sessions during this exciting summer of football, in total we will provide one million hours of free football for children in 2021.”

McDonald’s has worked with the Scottish FA and the other Home Nations Football Associations for the last 19 years, making them the longest standing provider of grassroots football in the UK.

Local McDonald’s franchisee Steve Tomlin said; “It’s a pleasure to see the Fun Football sessions come back and to provide free and safe football to local children across Glasgow and Scotland. I’ve been supporting grassroots football in the area for years, and it’s brilliant for McDonald’s to be able to bring Allan and Lizzie down to surprise the children and parents.”

Find your local free Fun Football Centre and sign up today at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/funfootball.

For further information on McDonald’s involvement in grassroots football and to find out how your club could benefit, follow @FunFootballUK on Twitter and Instagram.