A FOOTBALL club is celebrating after being presented with new kits from their local McDonald’s restaurant.
Throston Tornados U15s received a stylish new kit from the chain as part of the new McDonald’s & FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme.
Throston Tornados U15s is one of the first teams to benefit from the new community programme, which, in partnership with The FA and their official kit supplier Nike, 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 Throston Tornados held an event where local McDonald’s Business Manager for franchisee Mark Nuttall and community football supporter Bev Williamson personally delivered the kit to the team at the weekend.
Bev, who manages four McDonald’s restaurants in Hartlepool and West Auckland, said: “Grassroots football clubs such as Throston Tornados are vital for communities, as they provide young people with the opportunity to get involved in football and feel part of a team.
“It’s important that businesses like McDonald’s support them and help to create the best possible experience for young aspiring footballers.”
The team are part of the Teesside Junior Football Alliance and have been playing together since the team first started six years ago.
Christopher Forsyth from Throston Tornados 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.
“The kids are all really excited about wearing their new strip. It’s already helped to create a sense of team spirit and I’m sure this will go a long way towards helping us to have a successful season for the players.”