Kit takeaway is a boost for Colts
YOUNG footballers are celebrating after receiving a stylish new set of threads, thanks to a local McDonald’s restaurant.
The Corby restaurant on Phoenix Park Way has donated kit to the Uppingham Colts FC under 16s team as part of the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme, which is now in its second year.
The under 16s team members are delighted to be benefitting from the new community programme which, run in partnership with The FA and their official kit supplier Nike, enables all 4,600 FA Charter Standard clubs with a junior team in England the chance to order a new strip every year for the next three seasons. The scheme will distribute more than 250,000 kits and aims to help raise the standards of grassroots football for young aspiring footballers.
Franchisee Glyn Pashley owns and operates the McDonald’s restaurant on Phoenix Park Way, said: “Grassroots clubs such as Uppingham Colts FC 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 Uppingham Colts, 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.
“I’m very proud to be involved in the kit scheme – it’s great seeing the teams in their new kits.”
Uppingham Colts FC U16s who play and train as part of the team represent the club in the Kettering Weetabix League. Stephen Berridge, U16 manager and coach said: “We’re hugely grateful to McDonald’s for donating a new kit for our team. An average team strip costs around £500 per season, so this really is a huge saving for us and means we can spend the money on other areas of the club that need it. The lads absolutely love their new strip. Having the kit has created fantastic unity and team spirit and has given the kids extra motivation to train and have a great season.”
Pictured above – KITTED OUT: Corby McDonald’s franchisee Glyn Pashley donated new strip to the Uppingham players and was thanked by the U16 manager Stephen Berridge.