Chaddy The Owl visited the McDonalds store in the town centre to present the store with a signed Oldham Athletic shirt as a thank you for their support of the Community Trust.
The partnership has seen McDonalds' restaurants teaming up with Oldham Athletic Community Trust to become the official 'Development Centre Partner' of the Community Trust.
Due to the support of McDonald's, the Community Trust can now look to grow and expand their development centre provision, with provision for new age groups and girls only centres planned.
Oldham Athletic Community Trust Participation Manager, Martin Vose, added: "I would like to say a huge thank you to McDonald’s for their support and sponsorship of the Community Trust.
"New doors have now been opened due to the support of McDonald's. We can now plan long-term which will only serve as a positive for the children who currently attend our sessions. We've already been able to reduce the price of our monthly training thanks to the support from McDonalds.”
Latics' Head of Partnerships, David Broadbent, said: "This is great partnership for all concerned, our Community Trust do fantastic work around the area and to be associated with McDonald's in this way is great news. 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."
Oldham Athletic Community Trust's development centres currently run across two nights, providing training for over 70 young footballers per week from the ages of seven to twelve years old.
Kerry Cameron, area manager of the Oldham McDonald’s restaurants, said: "We are committed to supporting grassroots 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 we welcome the staff from McDonalds to Boundary Park. Prior to tonight's game McDonalds' staff are collecting 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.
Many families have to 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 children’s hospital.
The house enables the whole family to stay together and maintain a degree of normal family life. We estimate the House will look after more than 1,000 families in its first year.