An opportunity of a lifetime for young Ribchester football fan

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Young football fan Morgan Saxton had the experience of a lifetime when he walked out alongside Chris Gunter at Wales’ fixture against Bosnia at Llanelli’s Parc Y Scarlets last Wednesday.

The 10-year-old from Ribchester won the chance to walk out alongside his football heroes after entering a national competition on the McDonald’s Kickstart website, and he said: “The whole experience was just amazing. The noise when we walked out was incredible. I can’t wait to tell all my friends about it, I will never forget it.”

Ian Rush, MBE and McDonald’s Director of Welsh Football, added: “The Welsh National team is improving with every match and it was good to see our good run of form continue against a strong Bosnian side. The atmosphere was electric and I’m sure the Player Escorts walking onto the pitch had a fantastic time, one that they will never forget.”

Since becoming Community Partner back in 2002, McDonald’s has been actively involved in helping to improve the grassroots game across Wales and has been at the forefront of the Club Accreditation Scheme which aims to improve the quality and accessibility of coaching to help young footballers shine. To date, more than 500 clubs have achieved accredited status.

For further information on McDonald’s involvement in grassroots football and to find out about further opportunities to win the chance to become a McDonald’s Player Escort, apply for club grants or win a visit from one of our football ambassadors, visit