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10 August 2017

Carrickfergus Junior Football Team Make It To Wembley

Barn United Youth FC, were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as one of seven teams invited to be part of the team parade during The FA Community Shield 2017 supported by McDonald's on Sunday August 6.

At the hotly anticipated match, players from Barn United Youth FC formed a guard of honour around the Wembley turf as Emirates FA Cup Winners Arsenal prepared to take on Premier League champions Chelsea, in front of 80,000 fans.

The Carrickfergus grassroots team were given the opportunity to feature in the parade by local McDonald's franchisee Des Lamph, who is a close supporter of the club as part of the McDonald's Club Twinning Programme.

The McDonald's Club Twinning Programme began in 2008 and has already seen over 1,000 grassroots clubs across the country twinned with McDonald's restaurants. This is just one of the many ways in which McDonald's supports accredited grassroots clubs through their Community Partnership with The FA, helping to raise the standards of the grassroots game for all.

Grassroots clubs across the country who are twinned with their local McDonald's restaurants receive support through the provision of kit and equipment, business advice and assistance with hosting community football events.

Paul McCully, Coach at Barn United Youth FC, said: "The players and club were thrilled to have the chance to walk out onto the pitch at Wembley. Everyone was incredibly excited and couldn't wait to see their heroes up close on the day. We are really grateful to McDonald's and Des Lamph for providing us with this fantastic opportunity and for his ongoing support and dedication to the club."

Des Lamph, who has supported grassroots football for many years, said: "I'm delighted that Barn United Youth FC had the opportunity to take part in the team parade. It was fantastic to see them lined up proudly on the Wembley turf and I hope they all enjoyed the day. They are a real community club and deserved this brilliant opportunity, as it's a fantastic reward for all the hard work they put into grassroots football."

This year marks the 15th anniversary of McDonald's UK Community Football programme, which has consistently promoted a 'football for all' approach to community football. Together McDonald's and The FA are helping accredited clubs raise the standards at grassroots level by rewarding thousands of hard-working football volunteers, helping clubs to grow by hosting Community Football Days and providing thousands of kits to accredited clubs.

For further information on McDonald's involvement in grassroots football and to find out how your club could benefit visit

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