Young footballers wanted as Euro 2016 Player Escorts

McDonald's on the lookout for young football fans to take a starring role in France this summer

McDonalds UEFA Euro 2016 Player Escorts - Wales

Would your child like to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Euro 2016?

As England, Wales and Northern Ireland look forward to their quest for glory in France, McDonald’s are giving nine young football fans the opportunity to be at the very heart of this summer's footballing action.

The Euro 2016 sponsor are on the hunt for kids passionate about football to become a McDonald’s Player Escort at the fifteenth edition of UEFA European Championship.

The lucky children will get the chance to stand beside their national heroes and walk out at some of the tournament's most hotly-anticipated fixtures, including England vs Wales, Northern Ireland vs Germany and the final in Paris on 10 July.

The competition asks parents to capture their child’s football passion and upload images of them enjoying the beautiful game, by celebrating a goal, cheering on their country or supporting their favourite team.

It is open to all children in the UK who will be aged between six and 10 years old on 10 June 2016 - the opening day of the tournament. The lucky winners will join the qualifying home nation of their choice and walk out hand-in-hand with their football idols at this summer’s tournament in France.

McDonalds UEFA Euro 2016 Player Escorts - England

McDonald’s Head of English Football, Martin Keown, said: “Nothing can compare to the rush of competing in front of your fans during an international tournament. It is a feeling you never forget as a player. England have an exciting squad of up-and-coming talent that will be competing in France this summer and that will only help to inspire the younger generation of fans watching at home.

“The children chosen to be Player Escorts at Euro 2016 will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of something truly special, accompanying future legends of English football as they step out into some of the iconic grounds in European football.”

Wales will be appearing in their first major tournament since 1958 - something that has inspired the nation's football fans, according to Wales legend Ryan Giggs.

“Everyone in Wales has been inspired by the national team reaching the Euro 2016 Finals and for the lucky few who will be chosen as a McDonald’s Player Escort, the fairy-tale doesn’t end there," said Giggs, who is McDonald’s Head of Welsh Football.

"Walking out to a deafening ovation from your national fans is an incredibly special moment and this is an amazing opportunity that will stay with these young fans for the rest of their lives.”

McDonalds UEFA Euro 2016 Player Escorts - Northern Ireland

Like Wales, Northern Ireland had never qualified for a European Championship Finals before but Michael O'Neill's team finished top of Qualifying Group C to reach the finals.

Northern Ireland great Pat Jennings, now McDonald's Head of Northern Irish Football, said: “It’s always an honour for any player to represent their national team but even more so when it’s at the finals of a major tournament.

“Walking out onto the pitch to play for my country always filled me with a huge sense of pride and I can only imagine how incredible the feeling will be for those lucky player escorts who will have the opportunity to walk out alongside their national heroes.

"It’s going to be an experience that stays with them forever.”

To register your child for the chance to be a Euro 2016 Player Escort, visit mcdonalds.co.uk/euro2016. Deadline for applications is Sunday 10 April.

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