Footballing legend presents new kit to Banbridge juniors

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Footballing legend presents new kit to Banbridge juniors thumbnailNorthern Ireland goalkeeping legend, Pat Jennings, gives free football kits to Banbridge Town Juniors, as part of McDonald’s Community Football programme.

BANBRIDGE Town Juniors were joined by a special guest this month as former Arsenal, Tottenham and Northern Ireland goalkeeping hero, Pat Jennings made a surprise appearance to the club.

He joined McDonald's Banbridge franchisee John McCollum to hand over the new stylish set of threads, donated to the team as part of the McDonald's Irish FA Accredited Club Kit Scheme, which is now in its second year.

The club is delighted to be benefitting from the new community programme, which, run in partnership with The Irish FA and their official kit supplier Adidas, enables clubs with a junior team the opportunity to order a brand new Adidas strip every year for the next three seasons.

The scheme distributed over 2,100 strips to clubs across Northern Ireland in the first year alone and aims to help raise the standards of grassroots football for young aspiring footballers.

McDonald's Head of Northern Ireland Football, Pat Jennings said: "Banbridge Town Juniors is a fantastic club which has the support of volunteers that clearly have a passion for football. It is great that the club can offer so many young people the opportunity to play football.

“We cannot underestimate the importance of grassroots football for both the men's and the women's game. It is vital that we look to support grassroots volunteers and clubs as much as possible."

John McCollum, who owns and operates the McDonald's restaurant in Banbridge, he said: "Grassroots clubs such as Banbridge Town Juniors, invest an incredible amount of time providing their local communities with footballing opportunities. They provide young people with the chance to get involved and feel part of a team.

“It's important that businesses like McDonald's support clubs such as Banbridge Town Juniors, as it means they can use the money saved by the kit and equipment to invest in training more coaches, improving facilities and reducing the costs passed onto players and their parents."


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