LOCAL McDonald’s franchisee Gregg Fox promises 120 hours of ‘free, safe, Fun Football sessions’ for local children from Newton Abbot in June.

There are four new dates at the Coombeshead Academy, Coombeshead Road, Newton Abbot that will get children between the ages of five and 11 active and playing football again.

McDonald’s franchisee, Gregg Fox, says: ‘Getting kids active after a long year of lockdown restrictions is key to keeping them mentally and physically healthy. Whether they are first-timers or keen to get back to developing their skills, every child can turn up, take part and enjoy.

‘In partnership with all four Football Associations across the UK, McDonald’s and franchisees - including Gregg Fox - are providing hundreds of free sessions, all delivered by a team of fully qualified coaches in over 600 locations across the UK during 2021.’

After a successful four sessions in April McDonald’s is offering another four more sessions in Newton Abbot for parents/carers to sign their children up for, meaning 120 under elevens will have the opportunity to learn from top FA coaches.

The Fun Football sessions will take place on the June 5, 12, 19 and 26 between 11am to Noon.

All sessions are held in a safe environment. They all follow the latest Government protocols and are designed with our UKFA partners and their latest grassroots guidance.

Gregg adds: ‘After some great sessions earlier on this year it is fantastic that we can once again help get children back playing football together after such uncertain times.

‘It’s so important that children take this opportunity to keep active which will benefit both their physical and mental health, so It truly is an honour to be involved in this scheme and to work with the FA alongside other franchisees, and the business, to give even more children the chance to hone their skills – no matter their ability.’

McDonald’s Fun Football sessions are part of McDonald’s programme that aims to provide five million hours of free Fun Football coaching to children in the UK by 2022. A new TV advert has just been launched to promote the sessions which shows how much fun children can have playing football. To watch it visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9m_DLmi3Oo

Don’t worry if you can’t make the above dates. McDonald’s also has a suite of football skills, tricks and drills that you can try at home. Simply go to: https://www.mcdonalds.com/gb/en-gb/football.html for downloadable packs and video drills from Jack Rutter, Casey Stoney and Martin Keown.

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.