More than 50,000 children took part in football at registered clubs all over New Zealand last weekend in the launch of the McDonald’s Junior Football season.
McDonald’s are a long-time partner of New Zealand Football who provide resources for coaches and players to enjoy the game and they play a significant role in achieving New Zealand Football’s strategic vision of making football the nation’s favourite game.
In 2017, New Zealand Football has produced a number of new videos for game leaders and coaches, to show how to run a selection of McDonald’s Junior Football activities.
Owain Prosser, the Football Development Manager of Junior Football at New Zealand Football, said McDonald’s Junior Football is in a good place in New Zealand with thousands of children taking part in the game they love.
“Last weekend our team of Football Development Officers visited clubs all over the country and had a fantastic time observing children taking part in a positive and enjoyable playing environment,” said Prosser.
In recent time, football numbers have been growing consistently. There are more than 150,000 registered footballers in New Zealand and significant numbers in the junior space.
Since the introduction of the award-winning Whole of Football Plan in 2011, Sport NZ research tells us that 71 percent of boys and 52 percent of girls participate in football, while Junior and Youth participation has grown 34.6 percent and 49 percent respectively.
Prosser said the huge number of participants in football is due to the hard work and dedication of thousands of club volunteers who make the game happen each week.
“It was wonderful to see adults of all ages and experiences stepping forward again to provide activities and encouragement for junior footballers,” he said.
“McDonald’s have helped to improve the overall experience for volunteers and players involved, through supporting initiatives such as the newly released Coaching Videos. This will help not only retain existing participants, but also encourage new people to the game. We also have some exciting developments to come throughout the 2017 season to support and reward all involved.”
McDonald’s have proven to be a great partner for junior football. They have provided more than 50,000 Size 1 footballs to registered players, produced Skills Videos and delivered 20,000 coach’s handbooks over the past three years which have had a major impact on the game.