On Tuesday, 6 July, recently retired Scotland striker Steven Naismith paid a special visit to a McDonald’s Fun Football session at the Sir Alex Ferguson Park, Glasgow. The surprise visit was to help McDonald’s celebrate the summer of sport, where its Fun Football programme will be offering over 3,000 free football coaching sessions for kids aged 5-11 over the next three months.

The newly appointed Heart of Midlothian coach joined in with the activities and helped coach youngsters who were taking part in the football session, which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish FA. Naismith, who was capped 51 times by Scotland, witnessed first-hand how children are being inspired by the national team to take up football this summer.

McDonald’s Fun Football ambassador Steven Naismith commented: “It’s fantastic 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. As a dad myself, it’s great to see McDonald’s offer these sessions to kids of all abilities especially in a tournament year when everyone wants to get out and play football for the first time. You can see from the excitement and joy on the kids’ faces today just how much this means to them to be out there playing.”

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 Andrew Gibson said; “Steven Naismith has done so much to inspire participation in grassroots football in Scotland so I can think of no better person to kick off what’s already been an exciting summer of sport for our country. We’re proud to be offering so many Fun Football sessions and to be giving so many kids the chance to play football for free here in Glasgow and across Scotland.”

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.