On Sunday, 11th June, McDonald’s Head of Northern Ireland Football Pat Jennings joined Warrenpoint Town FC and the Irish FA as they hosted a Community Football Day to encourage children to give football a go.

The event, which took place at the County Down Club, saw hundreds of young footballers gather to enjoy the day with many other clubs attending and having the opportunity to play football, and take part in a range of football skills & drills.

Jennings, the most capped Northern Ireland international player, met and engaged with attending clubs and players and participated in the football skills sessions.

Commening at the event Pat Jennings, said: “It was inspiring to see so many young players enjoying the event today. Sarah McDonald and all at Warrenpoint Town FC have worked really hard to make this event happen and it’s great to see that their coaches have such passion for passing on their skills.”

He continued: “The McDonald’s Irish FA Community Football Days are a great opportunity to get local children involved in grassroots football. With the enthusiasm and commitment shown by the volunteers and coaches today, I’m sure we’ll find some future footballing stars in some of these teams.”

“Community Football Days are a celebration of local football,” said local McDonald’s Newry franchisee John McCollum. “Events like this show how essential the game is to communities. I’m sure everyone who came along today had a great time and I wish the club all the best for their future matches.”

The Community Football Day was part of McDonald’s community partnership with The Irish FA. McDonald’s is the longest standing supporter of grassroots football in Northern Ireland and continues to champion those who enable children and young adults to play and enjoy football regardless of gender or disability.

The programme focuses on supporting accredited grassroots clubs and their volunteers to raise the standards of grassroots football as well as improving the grassroots experience for young aspiring footballers.