Fraserburgh Link Up’s Under 13s team are celebrating after receiving a stylish new kit thanks to their local McDonald’s restaurant.
McDonald’s in Peterhead has donated kit to the team as part of the restaurant’s Scottish FA Quality Mark Kit Scheme.
The Under 13s 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 allows 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.
The scheme has the potential to distribute 4,500 strips to clubs across Scotland in the first year alone and aims to help raise the standards of grassroots football for young players.
To mark the occasion, Fraserburgh Link Up held an event at their ground, where local McDonald’s franchisee and community football supporter, Geoff Cooper, delivered the kit to the team.
Commenting, Geoff said: “It is great to see how well Fraserburgh Link Up have performed this season as a club.
“Grassroots clubs like Fraserburgh Link Up 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.”
This is the first season that Fraserburgh Link Up’s Under 13s have been able to play as a full 11-a-side football team.
The Under 13s play in the Aberdeen & District Juvenile Football Association (ADJFA) B League. The team have had their best season yet and are currently sitting at the top of the division with only a few games left to play.
The team hopes their new kits will help them to win the league and see them promoted to the A-League.
Elizabeth Dunbar, Chair of Fraserburgh Link Up, said: “We’re hugely grateful to McDonald’s for donating a new kit for our Under 13s team.
“An average team strip costs around £500 per season, so this really is a huge saving for us and means we can spend the money on other areas of the club that need it. The kids are all really excited about wearing their new strip. It’s already helped to create a sense of unity and team spirit and I’m sure this will go a long way towards helping us to have a successful season.”
For further details, visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/BetterPlay