Highland restaurant franchisees win major award for promoting grassroots football
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Craig Duncan and Iain Fyfe have been named the national winners of the prestigious Football Restaurants of the Year Award at the 2023 SFA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards ceremony.
The SFA & McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards recognise and celebrate volunteers who dedicate countless hours to inspire those in the grassroots football community.
Both men have pledged £40,000 over the next two years to ensure young people have access to free McDonald’s Fun Football coaching events and festivals across the Highlands.
The funding from the McDonald’s Highland restaurant group to expand and enhance the delivery of the existing national Fun Football programme, will see thousands more children gaining access to free coaching and events from all levels.
Duncan is an avid supporter of grassroots football in the Highlands, said: “We are immensely proud to be recognised for our dedication towards Grassroots in the Highlands, McDonald’s has always been a supporter of grassroots football so we were keen to take it to the next level in this region.
"It’s fantastic to see the hard work everyone has put in come to fruition, community is at the heart of everything we do here.”
Fyfe, added: “I am delighted to be able to help fund McDonald’s Fun Football in the Highlands, working closely with Craig, to help offer a huge number of kids from a diverse range of backgrounds the opportunity to spend their weekends participating in sport and making new friend.
Scottish FA and McDonald’s Grassroots ambassador Jen Beattie said: “Grassroots football and the many volunteers are the life blood of our nations game.
"I’m so proud to be here in Glasgow to honour these incredible winners.
"The SFA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards are a special occasion and a chance to show how grateful we are to those who have put in the hours of dedication to make football what it is.”