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McDonald’s IFA Fun Football Festivals coming to Northern Ireland

by Aiken PR



This weekend will see McDonald’s bringing one of their largest ever Fun Football Festivals to various locations across Northern Ireland.

On Saturday, 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019, McDonald’s Fun Football Festivals will be taking place in various locations across Northern Ireland including local grassroots football clubs Tollymore United FC (Newcastle), Riverdale FC (Benburb) and Dungiven Celtic FC.

Free to attend the Festivals will give thousands of children and their families the chance to enjoy a fun, football–themed day out. From skills to drills, knee–sliders to bouncy castles, football games and music, there is something for all the family and the club and the local McDonald’s restaurant is encouraging families and children from the area and beyond to get involved. Over 500 children are expected to take part in the events, with McDonald’s providing equipment, football coaching and small sided games to players of all ages, abilities and genders.

Pat Jennings, Northern Ireland’s record cap holder spoke about the upcoming festivals; “McDonald’s Fun Football Festivals always provide a day of great fun, participation and inclusivity for children. I would encourage families from the local community to get behind these events by attending and enjoying the amazing facilities provided by McDonald’s and the IFA.”

Pat continued: “Participation is key to the McDonald’s and IFA grassroots programme, and these events will provide a wonderful opportunity for children who have never played football before to come along and get involved in fun drills and games. If you’re in the area and are looking for a new club for your children to join or are just after a fun, free day out for the whole family, come along and get involved. There really is something for all of the family at this event.”

Fun Football Festivals are part of the McDonald’s IFA four–year partnership which will run until 2022 and a core element of the programme along with Fun Football Sessions and the annual Grassroots Football Awards. Details of the Festival line–up are:

Saturday 27th – Benburb, Riverdale FC, Benburb Playing Fields 1pm to 5pm

Sunday 28th – Newcastle, Tollymore FC, Donard Park 1pm to 5pm

Sunday 28th – Dungiven Celtic FC 12noon to 4pm

Saturday 3rd August – Glenavon FC Academy 9.30am to 12.30pm

McDonald’s is now the longest–standing supporter of grassroots football across the UK, with 2019 marking 17 years in partnership. The McDonald’s IFA grassroots partnership continues to champion those who enable children and young adults to play and enjoy football regardless of gender or disability. Through ‘turn up and play’ coaching sessions and more Fun Football Festivals than ever before, McDonald’s will provide thousands of children with the opportunity to try football for the first time.

To find out more about the McDonald’s and IFA partnership and how your club can benefit and for details of other Fun Football Festival events please visit: 


For further information contact Shane Finnegan or Caroline Murphy at AIKEN on 03890663000 or