Adults from left to right are: Mark Blundell, Paul Vlasman, Tony Higdon & Paul Griffiths.

Liverpool club Katwijk Boys, U12’s team has received a brand new free kit, courtesy of local McDonald’s franchisees Paul Griffith, Tony Higdon, Mark Blundell and the McDonald’s and FA Accredited Club Kit Scheme. This is just one of 6,643 kits that have been donated to teams in Liverpool.

Now in its fourth year, the McDonald’s Accredited Kit Scheme has reached a new milestone, by providing over 250,000 free kits to grassroots football clubs across the UK, with a further 70,000 to be delivered this season alone. 2017 saw a record number of applications from clubs across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with over 6,300 accredited clubs eligible to order a brand-new kit, which come in a range of styles and colours.

As a long-standing partner of the FAs, this year McDonald’s is celebrating its 15th anniversary of championing those who enable children and young adults of all genders, ages and abilities to play and enjoy football.

Local McDonald’s franchisee, Mark Blundell who is a keen supporter of grassroots football, said: “Katwijk Boys are a fantastic example of a grassroots club with a real community spirit. It’s important that we support local teams to help them create the best possible experience for young aspiring players. It’s great to see that the McDonald’s Accredited Kit Scheme is thriving, as it’s a great reward for grassroots clubs up and down the country.” 

Katwijk Boys U12’s train every Thursday at Gateacre School and play their matches at the Botanic Park in Wavertree on Sundays. The team formed in 2013 and are an independent club for that age group only. The club name was adopted from the club’s managers home town in the Netherlands – Katwijk.

Paul Vlasman, Manager of the U12’s team, said: “We’re very grateful to McDonald’s for support of the club. Having the kit has created fantastic unity, team spirit and given the players extra motivation to train and have a great season, but also and just as importantly a kit to actually play football in.”

McDonald’s Accredited Club Kit Scheme is part of McDonald’s ongoing community partnership with the four Home Nation Football Associations. The programme focuses on supporting accredited grassroots clubs and their volunteers to raise the standards of grassroots football across the UK and improving the grassroots experience for young aspiring footballers.

McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst, said: “The importance of grassroots football should not be underestimated – especially the hard work that the clubs and volunteers put in each week so that young players can continue to enjoy the game. The McDonald’s Accredited Kit Scheme is an invaluable resource for these clubs, as it saves them money that can instead be invested into coaching and facilities, as well as reducing the costs passed onto families.”

 “I still remember what it was like putting on a new team shirt for the first time and it’s important that grassroots clubs are also able to give that feeling of pride and team spirit to their players. I’m proud to be part of a programme which helps teams continue to raise their standards of football and build upon their successes.”

For more information and to find out how your club can redeem their free kit as part of the McDonald’s Accredited Club Kit Scheme, please visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/kitscheme or follow @BetterPlayUK

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