McDonald’s set to deliver free football coaching to thousands of Yorkshire kids

The fast food chain is doing its bit for grassroots and those less fortunate.
McDonald's free football coaching Leeds

McDonald’s UK are set to deliver over 1.2 million hours of free football coaching to over half a million kids around the country as their ‘Fun Football’ programme returns for 2024, including thousands across Leeds and beyond.

The global fast food chain is bringing back its successful and crucially accessible football coaching campaign to Yorkshire children this spring, and they’ve also had some England stars helping them spread the word.

With Three Lions and Real Madrid Jude Bellingham midfielder getting on board alongside Lionesses hero and Arsenal star Beth Mead as ‘Fun Football’ ambassadors, the scheme is hoping to reach more underprivileged areas than ever and give a reminder that the beautiful game is for everyone.

As per The Manc, McDonald’s will be providing numerous free football coaching sessions carried out by FA-qualified coaches in over 1,500 locations across Britain. Brilliant news.

Sadly, research shows that over half (56%) of children from lower socio-economic backgrounds are inactive due to the associated costs that surround attending sports activities. This is where big brands embroiled in the community come in.

First set up back in 2018, Maccies’ Fun Football programme has adjusted its centre locations to ensure it can offer over 80% of lower-socio urban areas easy access to the scheme and delivered over five million hours of free football coaching across the nation in the first five years.

In addition, Pan-Disability and Visual Impairment sessions are also set to be offered once again to families up and down the country, as roughly a third of disabled children are said to be currently missing out on the benefits of sport.

Led by BBC Children in Need and Sporting People, Bellingham and Mead are by no means the first pro footballers to get involved in the wholesome initiative, with plenty of other sports personalities having chipped in over the past few years.

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More than 100 dedicated coaches were trained up as part of the partnership in 2023, with bespoke modules created between McDonald’s, British Blind Sport, Kick It Out and England Futsal.

The aim is to ensure Fun Football coaches can welcome any child and adapt sessions accordingly, as well as offer a physical and educational outlet to as many kids as possible.

Children aged 5-11 can take part in sessions starting from Saturday, 6 April until Sunday, 14 July all over the region and the UK, and kids of all abilities are being encouraged to give it a try.

To learn more about where in the Leeds area and across the wider Yorkshire region they’re taking place and when, click HERE.

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