McDONALD'S and Northern NSW Football are calling on Coffs Harbour primary schools to get involved in the world game.
Schools in the area are being asked to register for the 2007 McDonald's Northern NSW Football School Development Clinics, a free program coaching school aged children in football skills, the importance of exercise and basic nutritional information.
The program officially kicked off in Armidale last week when Coffs Coast star Jenna Tristram from the Matildas Australian women's team stopped by to offer expert tips to local school children.
"As a former McDonald's football scholarship winner and elite sports player, I understand the importance of encouraging children to be involved in a team sport and lead a balanced, active lifestyle," she said.
"I'm proud to be associated with the McDonald's and Northern NSW Football program and encourage Coffs Harbour primary schools to register for the program. The kids learn some great new skills and have a lot of fun with their friends in the process."
The program, run by Northern NSW Football in conjunction with McDonald's Northern NSW restaurants, will reach thousands of primary school aged children throughout Northern NSW in 2007.
Chris Simpson, McDonald's Coffs Harbour North owner/operator, said that McDonald's was pleased to continue its partnership with Northern NSW Football, now in its fourth consecutive year, and make a valuable contribution to the development of football at a grass roots level.
"We really encourage primary schools throughout Northern NSW to get involved in the program," he said.
"This is a great way for schools to encourage students to get involved in team sport with their friends and have fun outdoors."
More than 1000 classes will be visited by Northern NSW Football accredited coaches throughout the region, teaching football skills such as passing, dribbling, juggling and heading balls as well as the importance of exercise and basic nutritional information.
Football manager of Northern NSW Football David Smith says that thousands of primary school students from across the region will see the benefits of the sponsorship.
"Through the McDonald's Northern NSW Football School Development Clinics, children from more than 200 schools, stretching from Lake Macquarie to Tweed Heads and throughout the northwest will have fun learning football skills," he added.