McDonald’s sponsors new kit for Boys Club

Geoff Cooper of McDonalds in Peterhead hands over the new strips to Mintlaw Boys Club.
Geoff Cooper of McDonalds in Peterhead hands over the new strips to Mintlaw Boys Club.

Mintlaw Boys Club’s 2003 team are celebrating after receiving a stylish new set of threads thanks to McDonald’s restaurant in Peterhead.

The restaurant has donated kit to the team as part of the new McDonald’s Scottish FA Quality Mark Kit Scheme.

The 2003 team is one of the first in Scotland to benefit from the new scheme, run in partnership with The Scottish FA and their official kit supplier adidas, which enables over 350 Quality Mark clubs with a junior team the opportunity to order a brand new adidas strip every year for the next four seasons.

To mark the occasion, Mintlaw Boys Club held an event at their ground, where local McDonald’s franchisee and community football supporter, Geoff Cooper, personally delivered the kit to the team.

Mr Cooper, who owns three McDonald’s restaurants across Aberdeenshire, said: “Mintlaw Boys Club has a reputation for producing great footballers. Grassroots clubs like Mintlaw are vital for communities as they provide young people with the opportunity to get involved in football and feel part of a team.

“This is of course only made possible by the volunteers who dedicate their time and effort to supporting local clubs. It’s important that businesses like McDonald’s support them and help to create the best possible experience for young aspiring footballers.”

Mintlaw Boys Club, which was established in 1985, now has more than 120 players across five teams and plays in the Aberdeen and District Juvenile FA non-competitive league.

Players who have gone on to achieve fame on the international football stage include womens footballer Kim Little. Previously an Arsenal Ladies and Hibernian Ladies Football Club player, Little now plays for Seattle Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League and has several caps for Scotland.

Malcolm Whyte, Coach Coordinator at Mintlaw Boys Club, said: “We’re hugely grateful to McDonald’s for donating a new kit for our 2003 team.”