Young football players are sporting new kit thanks to a donation from McDonald’s.
The strip has been given to Bedford FC as part of the fast-food chain’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme, run in partnership with the FA and Nike.
The community programme 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 four seasons.
To mark the occasion, Bedford FC held an event at its grounds, where McDonald’s franchisee and community football supporter, Ismail Anilmis personally delivered the kit to the team.
Ismail Anilmis, who owns and operates four McDonald’s restaurants in Beds, said: “Grassroots football clubs such as Bedford FC are vital for communities, as they provide young people with the opportunity to get involved in football and feel part of a team. Clubs give up countless hours in order to provide high quality football opportunities to members of the local community. It’s important that businesses like McDonald’s support them and help to create the best possible experience for young aspiring footballers.”
Jim Mallen from Bedford FC 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 kids are all really excited about wearing their new strip. It’s already helped to create a sense of unity and team spirit and I’m sure this will go a long way towards helping us to have a successful season.”