A grassroots football club from Swansea got a day to remember when Wales and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs dropped in to run a training session.
Giggs visited Mumbles Rangers FC - whose website is powered by Club Website - in his role as McDonald's Head of Welsh football, to celebrate the club's dedication to the local community.
The Manchester United assistant manager oversaw a training session with a group of Mumbles players before posing for photos with some excited children and parents alike.
The event was Wales' first ever McDonald’s Community Football Day, launched by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and McDonald's to get more youngsters and parents actively involved in football.
"Across the country, hundreds of people will be enjoying this great game through our football festivals which not only inspire the next generation of players, but also help develop a new breed of volunteers who in tandem make grassroots football possible,” said Giggs, who also passed on his expertise to a number of club officials and coaches.
Mumbles Rangers run around 30 junior/youth teams, three adult teams and a veterans’ team, all thanks to the work of more than 100 volunteers, including 70 qualified coaches, 10 of whom have achieved their Level 2 (C certificate) coaching award.
This year the club achieved the Gold Award in the Welsh Football Trust's national club accreditation programme, an achievement marked by the visit of a Welsh football icon.
"Mumbles is a club that is at the heart of the local community," said Ron Mounsey, a local McDonald’s franchisee who has supported Mumbles Rangers for several years. "It’s great that Ryan could come down to see the players and volunteers in action as they truly deserve recognition for all of the hours that they put in for the love of football and their local community.”
The Community Football Days programme is designed to be a showcase for grassroots football in Wales and the FAW hope it will act as a recruitment tool to bring new players and volunteers into local FAW-accredited clubs.
Would your club like to host a fun-packed football festival with a chance to win a visit from a FAW ambassador and host a range of McDonald’s inflatable games? Visit WelshFootballTrust.org for more information. FAW-accredited clubs only.
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