Local restaurants become development centre partner
McDonald’s restaurants in Oldham have teamed up with Oldham Athletic Community Trust to become their official 'Development Centre Partner.'
Prior to yesterday’s home fixture against Bradford City, a presentation was made pitch side to the McDonald's stores to celebrate the partnership.
Through the support of McDonald's, the Community Trust can now look to grow and expand their development centre with new age groups and girls only centres planned.
Oldham Athletic Community Trust Participation Manager Martin Vose said: "I would like to say a huge thank you to McDonald’s for their support and sponsorship of the Community Trust.
"We've already been able to reduce the price of our monthly training thanks to the support from McDonald's.”
"New doors have now been opened due to the support of McDonald's and we can now plan long term which will only serve as a positive for the children who currently attend our sessions.
Latics' Sales and Marketing Executive David Broadbent added: "
"McDonald's have further shown their commitment to both grass-roots football and the local community with their backing and we are delighted to have them on board with us."
This is great partnership for all concerned. Our Community Trust does fantastic work around the area and to be associated with McDonald's in this way is great news.
Oldham Athletic Community Trust Development Centres currently run across two nights, providing training for over 70 young footballers per week from the ages of seven to 12 years.
Kerry Cameron, Area Manager of the Oldham McDonald’s restaurants said: "We are committed to supporting grass-roots football and I am really pleased that we are able to partner with Oldham Athletic Community Trust.
"I hope that our partnership will allow more children in Oldham to take advantage of the great facilities and coaching that the Community Trust provides."
In addition to the presentation prior to yesterday's game, McDonald's staff were also collecting at Boundary Park for the Ronald McDonald House Charity, Manchester House.
Ronald McDonald House, Manchester, opened its doors on May 21, 2012 and provides free 'home away from home' accommodation to families with children receiving treatment in the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Families travel to Manchester from across the North West, the UK and even from around the world, so that their children can receive specialist treatment at the hospital.
The House enables the whole family to stay together and maintain a degree of normality. The House looked after more than 1,000 families in its first year.
Pictured (from left): Martin Vose, Community Trust Participation Manager; Roy Whittaker, Business Manager McDonald's Huddersfield Road; Kerry Cameron, McDonald's Area Manager; Kevin Wild, Assistant Manager McDonald's, Failsworth; David Broadbent, Oldham Athletic Sales and Marketing Executive.