Ian Paisley Junior MP has welcomed the impact that the Irish FA and McDonald’s Community partnership is having on grassroots football.
Paisley was speaking following a visit to two of the biggest clubs in the North Antrim constituency, Ballymena United FC Academy and Ballymoney United FC Academy.
This partnership is delivering a lasting legacy for grassroots football through McDonald’s KickStart funding, ongoing coach creation and education, a Club Accreditation Scheme and its regional Small Sided Games Centres – all contributing to ‘Better Play for Kids’.
“Projects like this contribute a huge amount to smaller nations such as Northern Ireland and we cannot thank McDonalds enough for their continued support of the local game,” he said.
“The Irish FA has also worked tirelessly to put the mechanisms in place for our local clubs to utilise all the services that the project has to offer.
“Between the two organisations, grassroots football has benefited from new coaches being created and educated, all contributing to the ‘Better Play for Kids’ mission of developing the local game for over a decade.
“I was honoured to be asked to attend the event and see first hand how well this partnership works,” he added.
“I hope the programme continues for many years to come as football in Northern Ireland from the ground up has made such significant gains with the aid of the Irish FA and McDonalds.”
McDonald’s Ballymena Franchisee Des Lamph added: “At McDonald’s Ballymena we have a long standing commitment to serving the community in which we operate and to providing a safe environment for football that is both fun and inclusive.”
Local Irish FA Grassroots Development Officer Wesley Gregg said: “I’d like to thank Ian Paisley Junior MP for taking time out of his busy schedule.
“I know the children were delighted to meet him and his attendance is a glowing endorsement of the programme we are delivering with McDonald’s.”