Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Orsett Park Royals lead out Man City and Chelsea!

ORSETT Park Royals FC from Essex were the envy of grassroots football clubs across the country when they took part in a once-in-a-lifetime team parade at this year’s FA Community Shield at Villa Park on Sunday.

Marking the start of the 2012/13 football season, newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City, took on UEFA Champions League and FA Cup winners Chelsea for the first time in the competition’s history.

As the teams lined up to play, Orsett Park Royals FC led an on-pitch parade in front of a 43,000 strong Villa Park crowd to celebrate grassroots football. The opportunity was offered to Orsett Park Royals FC by local McDonald’s franchisee Craig Newness from Essex, who has sponsored and supported the club as part of the McDonald’s Club Twinning programme.

The McDonald’s Club Twinning programme started in 2008 and has already seen more than 700 grassroots clubs across the country twinned with McDonald’s restaurants; receiving support through the provision of kit and equipment, help with facilities, business advice end even partnering to host football events.

Russell Walker coach of Orsett Park Royals FC said, “For the players of Orsett Park Royals FC to have had the chance to walk out with some of the Premiership’s biggest stars at Villa Park is absolutely fantastic, a dream come true. It really is a celebration of everything we’ve achieved working with Craig over the last few years as a grassroots club and it was fantastic experience to walk the players out in front of a packed stadium.”

Craig Newness who owns two restaurants in the local area said, “As a long term supporter of grassroots football in Essex I’m incredibly proud to have been able to offer Orsett Park Royals FC the opportunity to walk out at the FA Community Shield, an experience that all football enthusiasts young and old, would cherish – I hope they had a fantastic time.”

For further information on McDonald’s involvement in grassroots football and to find out about further opportunities, or to apply for club grants or win a visit from one of our football ambassadors, including Sir Geoff Hurst, visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/kickstart

As Community Partner of The FA, McDonald’s is dedicated to supporting grassroots football by helping raise standards and developing best practices. By 2014, McDonald’s has pledged to train a further 30,000 coaches, support over 6,000 local clubs and 400,000 volunteers.


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