Free fun football in Doncaster thanks to McDonald's

McDonald’s franchisee Mark Clapham is providing 240 hours of free, safe, fun football sessions for children in Doncaster this month and next.

By Stephanie Bateman
Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 12:44 pm

Taking place at both Goals on Worcester Avenue and the Keepmoat Stadium, there are eight dates that will get youngsters between the ages of five and 11 playing football again.

Getting kids active after a long year of lockdown restrictions is key to keeping them mentally and physically healthy. Whether they are first-timers or keen to get back to developing their skills, every child can turn up, take part and enjoy.

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Time to get back on the pitch

In partnership with all four Football Associations across the UK, McDonald’s and its franchisees are providing hundreds of free football sessions, all delivered by a team of fully qualified coaches at over 600 locations across the UK during 2021.

In Doncaster alone this spring there are four sessions parents/carers can sign their children up for, meaning 120 under 11s will have the opportunity to learn from top FA coaches.

One Fun Football session has already taken place but there are still spaces available at:

Goals Doncaster: April 25, May 2, May9, from 9-10am

Keepmoat Stadium: April 24, May 1, May 8 from 12-1pm

All sessions follow the latest FA grassroots guidance and government protocols.

Doncaster McDonald’s franchisee Mark Clapham said: “It’s so important that kids are able to get back out playing with their friends after a tough year of lockdown restrictions. I’ve donated kit to many teams across Doncaster, so I know first-hand just how important grassroots football is to our community.

“It’s been wonderful to see the smiles back on kids’ faces as they return to playing the sport they love. We’ll be putting on plenty more sessions throughout the spring and summer, ensuring all families in Doncaster can access the nation’s favourite game.”

The Doncaster Fun Football sessions are part of McDonald’s programme that aims to provide five million hours of free Fun Football coaching to children in the UK by 2022.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the above dates. McDonald’s also has a suite of football skills, tricks and drills that you can try at home. Go to: for downloadable video drills from ambassadors Jack Rutter, Casey Stoney and Martin Keown.

For further information on McDonald’s involvement in grassroots football follow @FunFootballUK on Twitter and Instagram.

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