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 Deadline for applications is Sunday 10 April.

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  1. Mark Webster on March 9, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    What a fantastic idea … good luck to all the young players taking part

  2. Ella Tristram on March 9, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    This is amazing my daughter Ella would love it x

  3. Jake marquis on March 9, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    My son Jake is 10 he adores football and trains 5 days a week and plays both weekends he’s football mad and would love to have the opportunity to do this once in a life time opportunity

  4. Cian thomas on March 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Looking forward to the Euros 2016 can’t wait to see the Welsh team in France!!

  5. Luke paxton on March 9, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    It would be a Dream come..

  6. Clair kirby on March 10, 2016 at 7:07 am

    My son would love this he is obsessed with teams, players and playing the game! There is never a ball far from his feet!

  7. Louis brown on March 10, 2016 at 7:17 am

    My son is 6 an absolutely loves football an would love to get the chance to do this brilliant idea .

  8. Cordell brown on March 10, 2016 at 7:19 am

    My son loves football an play 3 times a week he would love to do it

  9. Gordon Howat on March 10, 2016 at 11:23 am

    The stuff dteams are made of.

  10. Jamie marshall on March 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Great idea! But my son is 12 and would love to do this, kids are kids over 10 just a shame the age didn’t go over 10,

  11. claire burnett on March 12, 2016 at 11:05 am

    This is what dreams are made of
    My son lives and breathes football
    He would have all his dreams come true if this could happen for him and he overcomes chronic asthmatic problems and chest problems to continue in his quest to become the best

  12. Alan Cato on March 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Lewis plays football and he is a lad that loves the game and Messi

  13. Mr Anthony Lancaster on March 23, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Hello there i am father of three children.we r all football fans and rugby . My children’s mum walked out and abandon my children they were age 1/2and 5 now my eldest is is 10 my middle son is 7 and my daughter is 6 the past five has been a lil hectic at times tryn my best as parents do it would be great chance of a life time for just 1 of my kids to walk out on the pitch in the euros 2016 and would make me so proud which iam anyway but to get an opportunity to be involved in the most highest tournament in Europe would be amazing thank you

  14. laura on March 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

    My daughter is 10 and she would love to take park.

  15. Georges dad on March 26, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Box of 20 chicken McNuggets please, large fries and large Coke.

  16. TRACIE WALTERS on April 6, 2016 at 12:04 am

    My son is 10 years old. He lives and breathes football and plays 5 times a week. When he was one year old he had a life threatening operation and against at all odds he made a rapid recovery. As a family we know every moment of life is prescious. To see him play a physical sport is magical. Grassroots football is fantastic and keeps games consoles at bay for a little while. Our don is also a bit of a stato and soaks up past and present football facts like a sponge. Our reason for applying is simply because it’s a once in a lifetime chance. Creating memories is what life is all about.⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽⚽

  17. Amy on April 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Link doesn’t work any help to enter would be greatly appreciated

  18. Club Website on April 7, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Hi Amy – the link is working. Please try again or type “” into your web brower. Thanks, The CW Team

  19. Alison on April 8, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    My son is 13 and loves football ⚽

  20. Suzana on April 8, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Hi. i cant open the mcdonalds link either. My 6 year old boy loves football since he started walking it would be such shame if I couldn’t enter him 🙁 🙁

  21. Annie aldridge on April 10, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I’m 18 and I’m obsessed with Aaron Ramsey⚽️

  22. Sarah on April 10, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    My son was extremely lucky indeed to be chosen 3 times as a player escort. His 1st experience was Northern Ireland where he walked out with Roy Carroll, his 2nd experience was in Wales where he walked out with Gareth Bale and his 3rd experience would’ve been Scotland but we didn’t respond in time. It truly is a magical once in a lifetime opportunity and I wholeheartedly would like to thank McDonald’s for giving my son the chance. Unfortunately he has just turned 11 so cannot enter. But just keep applying and it could be your son or daughter.

  23. Amnah Vicars on April 10, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Hi, I entered the competition today but when completing the online application it kept giving me error messages saying the postcode format wasn’t right and I had problems with uploading the photograph. I did manage to eventually get it to work but it looks like you have sent me two confirmation emails one is addressed to me and another saying dear first name. I noticed in the rules that it states multiple entries will be disqualified. Can you check that I haven’t entered more than once by accident due to the link not working properly as if I have, it was unintentional. Thank you

  24. Club Website on April 11, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Hi Annah,

    We’re not actually running the competition, just telling people about it. You’ll need to contact McDonald’s if you have any queries over the entry.

    The CW Team

  25. Kelly on July 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    My son Reggie was a player mascot at the euro final he came out with portugals no.23 Adrien silva, we had such an amazing time and the McDonald’s team were great xx

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