McDonald's brings free football to Thorne

McDonald’s franchisee Mike O’ Reilly is providing 120 hours of free, safe, fun football sessions for children from Thorne this month.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 2:14 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 3:05 pm

Taking place at Coulman Road Sports Ground in Thorne, there are four fun-filled dates that will get children between the ages of five and 11 active and 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.

In partnership with all four Football Associations across the UK, McDonald’s and franchisees - including Mike O’ Reilly - are providing hundreds of free sessions, all delivered by a team of fully qualified coaches in over 600 locations across the UK during 2021.

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Free football in Thorne

In Thorne alone there are four sessions for parents/carers to sign their children up for, meaning 120 under elevens will have the opportunity to learn from top FA coaches.

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Two Fun Football sessions have already taken place but there are still spaces available at sessions on April 24 and May 1 from 10-11am.

All sessions are held in a safe environment. They all follow the latest Government protocols and are designed with our UKFA partners and their latest grassroots guidance.

Thorne McDonald’s franchisee, Mike O’ Reilly, says: “I am thrilled that we can help get children back playing football again together after such a long period of isolation.

“I am a longstanding supporter of grassroots football in the local area and I know just how important the return of grassroots football is for people in Thorne, Moorends and Doncaster. It’s been so nice to see the parks filled again with people of all ages playing football.”

“I am delighted to be able to contribute to this scheme and work with the FA to give even more children the chance to hone their skills – no matter their ability.”

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. Simply go to: for downloadable packs and video drills.

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