A partnership between the nib Newcastle Knights and McDonald’s will see ten junior clinics rolled out across Newcastle and the Hunter region throughout the months of May, June and July.
The McDonald’s Future Champions Junior Club Program helps to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian children, develop their skills and provide opportunities for them to play.
“At Macca’s, we believe our support of elite and grass roots sports can play a positive role in promoting the importance of healthy active lifestyles,” said McDonald’s licensee Murray McKeough.
This week was the very first local clinic which saw 88 participants from the Central Charlestown ‘Butcher Boys’ junior rugby league football club take part.
Age groups from Under 6 to Under 12s got involved in a range of activities before making their way to their local Charlestown restaurant on the Pacific Highway.
They even had Knights players Rory Kostjasyn and Joe Wardle join them.
“We are committed to giving back to communities in which we operate by supporting local groups that are important to our customers,” said McKeough.
“The program allows us to build relationships between the local restaurant and the local clubs, just as we did with this very first clinic.”
True to the programs name, the evening showed off some promising local talent.
“We definitely saw some talent at the first clinic but we think all children can be champions,” explained McKeough.
“We hope that the clinics will help encourage kids to be active and healthy and follow their sporting dreams.
“Rugby league is a huge part of our national sporting culture and McDonald’s is proud to be part of that.”