PUCKLECHURCH have been given a helping hand by their local McDonald’s in Longwell Green, who have provided some much needed new training kit for the club’s under-10 side.

The restaurant has stepped in to support Pucklechurch’s new under-10 side as part of the McDonald’s Community Football Programme.

The programme aims to encourage more people to get involved in the game either as players, supporters or coaches, with kit and equipment donations being just one element of the programme to help raise the standards of grassroots football.

Chris Belcher, chairman of Pucklechurch said: “The kit is fantastic and all of the players love it.

“We are grateful for the support of Simon (Woodrow, McDonald’s Bristol Longwell Green business manager) and his team at McDonald’s and look forward to working with him over the coming years.”

Sir Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s Director of Football added: “Initiatives like the McDonald’s kit and equipment programme help clubs to provide the right training tools and kit so that they can continue to offer a great standard of grassroots football and coaching to the young people in their community.

“It is with the help of local McDonald’s restaurants like Bristol Longwell Green that allow grassroots football clubs like Pucklechurch FC to flourish.”

Woodrow said: “It is a great honour to be able to help out Pucklechurch FC. They are a great local club who have a superb football ethic.

“Without their effort, hundreds of kids wouldn’t be able to play football every week. This brand new kit for their under-10 side is a fitting reward for everything that they do in the local community and I want to wish them the best of luck for the season ahead.”