Dream comes true as young Truro football fan leads out Wales team
THE dream of one lucky boy came true on Tuesday when he walked out with the Wales football team ahead of their World Cup qualifying match against Serbia.
Isaac Murray, 9, from Shortlanesend won the chance to walk out at Cardiff City Stadium.
The young football fan led out the Welsh team next to Celtic’s Joe Ledley.
But it was a bitter-sweet experience for Isaac after Wales were slammed with a 3-0 defeat.
Isaac, who won the player escort place after entering a national competition through McDonald’s website said: “It was amazing to walk out onto the pitch with the Wales team. I couldn’t wait to meet the players and see the stadium.”
Ian Rush, MBE and McDonald’s Head of Welsh Football, added: “The atmosphere was electric despite the result and I’m sure the player escorts walking onto the pitch had a fantastic time. The McDonald’s football programme is about creating opportunities for people to get involved in grassroots football and to give youngsters footballing opportunities they will never forget. Hopefully this was one of them.”
McDonald’s offers a football coaching programme that is spearheaded by the likes of Sir Geoff Hurst, Kenny Dalglish, Pat Jennings and Eric Harrison.
The company supports Welsh football by offering more opportunities for anyone to volunteer and qualify as community coaches plus increasing access to free qualified coaching for youngsters everywhere.
For further information on McDonald’s involvement in grassroots football and to find out about further opportunities to win the chance to become a McDonald’s Player Escort, apply for club grants or win a visit from one of our football ambassadors, visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/kickstart