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Monday 24 Jun 2019
Pat Jennings to attend summer festival at Antrim Rovers FC

Northern Ireland and Spurs legend, Pat Jennings will attend the first summer McDonald’s Fun Football Festival of 2019, which is taking place at Antrim Rovers FC, on Saturday the 29th of June. 

The event is free to attend and will start at 11am with fun football activities open to all children in the local area, running until 3pm. 

From skills to drills, knee-sliders to bouncy castles, football games and music, there is something for all the family and the club and local McDonald’s restaurant is encouraging families and children from the local area and beyond to get involved.

Over 500 children are expected to take part with McDonald’s providing equipment, football coaching and small sided games to players of all ages, abilities and genders.

Pat Jennings, Northern Ireland’s record cap holder spoke about the upcoming festival: “McDonald’s Fun Football Festivals always provide a day of great fun, participation and inclusivity for children. I would encourage families from the local community to get behind these events by attending and enjoying the amazing facilities provided by McDonald’s and the IFA. With hundreds of children set to get involved at Antrim Rovers FC, this will be a memorable day.”

Pat continued: “Participation is key to the McDonald’s and IFA grassroots programme, and this event will provide a wonderful opportunity for children who have never played football before to come along and get involved in fun drills and games.”

The event at Antrim Rovers is one of 6 McDonald’s Fun Football Festivals in 2019, with a landmark event at Windsor Park having taken place in May and further events in Newcastle, Dungiven, Dungannon and Glenavon scheduled for later this summer. 

Pat Jennings added: “If you’re in the area and are looking for a new club for your children to join or are just after a fun, free day out for the whole family, come along and get involved. There really is something for all of the family at this event.” 

The June 29th event is part of the McDonald’s IFA four-year partnership which will run until 2022. Fun Football Festivals are a core element of the programme along with Fun Football Sessions and the annual Grassroots Football Awards.

McDonald’s is now the longest-standing supporter of grassroots football across the UK, with 2019 marking 17 years in partnership. The McDonald’s IFA grassroots partnership continues to champion those who enable children and young adults to play and enjoy football regardless of gender or disability.

Through ‘turn up and play’ coaching sessions and more Fun Football Festivals than ever before, McDonald’s will provide thousands of children with the opportunity to try football for the first time.

To find out more about the McDonald’s and IFA partnership and how your club can benefit and for details of other Fun Football Festival events please visit: www.mcdonalds.co.uk/betterplay