FOOTBALL fever hit New Bayview recently as local youngsters and their families enjoyed the McDonald’s East Fife Regional Football Festival.
Twenty grassroots teams from East Scotland were selected by the Scottish FA and Fife Soccer Sevens Association to attend last Sunday’s festival – organised by Scottish FA East Regional Manager Ian Lowe.
The clubs involved included East Fife Junior Supporters Club, Lomond Colts, Burntisland Shipyard, Bayside, Templehall United, Ladybank Panthers, Cowdenbeath United , West Fife Phoenix Fury, Balgonie Scotia, Strollers 2000, Rothes Jnrs, Strollers Swifts, Letham Tangerines, Strollers Red, Thornton Locos, Kirkcaldy Eagles, LKB United, Rothes Jnrs, St Johns, Kennoway, Cupar Red and Blue.
The festival formed part of McDonald’s community partnership with the Scottish FA and aimed to encourage youngsters to sharpen their skills and compete against other teams in the region.
SFA development coaches were also on hand to give tips to players and coaches over the weekend.
Ian Lowe said: “Everyone involved has had a fantastic weekend.
“The Fife committee members and individual association volunteers dedicated a lot of their time to ensure the festival was a success.
“The support McDonald’s provides through coach education, kit and equipment, the quality mark scheme, funding and volunteer support is first class.
“It’s great to see this continued across Scotland in the form of the Football Festivals.”
Scotland legend and McDonald’s head of Scottish Football, Kenny Dalglish said: “The McDonald’s Regional Football Festivals are a great way of introducing even more children to the grassroots game and ensuring they have plenty of opportunities to learn and play – and on Sunday, we achieved our goal of providing that to the Fife community.
“Through its work with the Scottish FA, McDonald’s is committed to making football accessible to whole communities, helping to feed our enthusiasm for the national game.
“The coaching and the support the players receive through McDonald’s is invaluable to the development of grassroots football in communities across the country.”
Over the last eight years, McDonald’s has helped significantly to improve football in Scotland, creating over 2000 new community coaches and 1800 new football teams, as well as working with a network of McDonald’s restaurant franchisees to provide kit and equipment to clubs through the club twinning programme.