The popular McDonald’s Fun Football Centres are returning to Northern Ireland this spring.
The centres, delivered by McDonald’s in partnership with the Irish FA Foundation, will provide children aged five to eight with the opportunity to try football for the first time.
Twelve venues across Northern Ireland are set to host the first tranche of the free four-week sessions this year.
They kick off at Ulster University Jordanstown on 3 March, followed by the Lakeland Forum in Enniskillen on 16 March.
The others include Hillsborough Village Centre (4-25 May), Ballymena Showgrounds (27 April-18 May), Brook Activity Centre in Dunmurry (18 March-8 April), Bangor Aurora (1-22 April) and Maghera Leisure Centre (4-25 May).
And McDonald’s Fun Football sessions will also be running at Roe Valley Leisure Centre (26 April-17 May), Bishop’s Field Sports Centre in Derry-Londonderry (26 April-17 May), Avoniel Leisure Centre in east Belfast (30 March-20 April), Abbey GS Newry (21 March-11 April) and Tandragee Leisure Centre (5 May-26 May).
McDonald’s is urging parents to register their children for one of the upcoming centres.
Legendary Northern Ireland goalkeeper Pat Jennings, who is a McDonald’s Fun Football Ambassador, said: “Through the years I have witnessed first hand the significant impact that McDonald’s Fun Football has had, and continues to have, on the lives of young people in Northern Ireland.
“Fun Football introduces children and families from all communities and backgrounds across Northern Ireland to interactive coaching sessions and events. Young boys and girls can learn about our great game in a fun, relaxed and inclusive environment.”
Through the McDonald’s Fun Football programme more than 75,000 children from across Northern Ireland have benefitted from 250,000 hours of coaching, games and fun to date.
With the programme already achieving its target of providing five million hours of fun across the UK a year early, McDonald’s is now committed to another 1.5 million hours over the next year.
To register for a McDonald’s Fun Football Centre in Northern Ireland please CLICK HERE.