Holme Rovers on parade at Wembley

Holme Rovers FC has been given a once in a lifetime opportunity as one of eight teams invited to be part of a parade ahead of the 2015 FA Community Shield on Sunday (2 August).

Nine-year-old Madison Whilesmith, from Market Weighton, will also get to walk onto the hallowed turf alongside Chelsea at the home of English football after winning a competition on the McDonald’s Better Play website.

Ahead of the hotly anticipated match, 19 players and coaches from Holme Rovers will take part in a procession around the home of football as Premier League winners Chelsea prepare to take on FA Cup holders Arsenal in front of 80,000 fans.

They will be joined by 40 friends and family who have also been given tickets to watch the match at Wembley by McDonald’s.

Gemma Wallace from Holme Rovers said: “The club are so excited to walk out at Wembley next month. I am sure it will be an experience the kids will never forget.

“Opportunities like this wouldn’t arise without the club’s relationship with McDonald’s and we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support that we receive from Mike O’Reilly.

“The coach is booked for our trip to London and there is a real buzz about it around the village.”

The East Riding grassroots team were given the opportunity to feature in the parade by local McDonald’s franchisee Mike O’Reilly whose Shiptonthorpe restaurant has backed the club for the past two years as part of McDonald’s Club Twinning programme.

The McDonald’s Club Twinning programme started in 2008 and has already seen over 1,000 clubs across the country work with McDonald’s restaurants. It is one of the many ways in which McDonald’s supports accredited grassroots clubs through its Community Partnership with The FA to help raise the standards of the grassroots game.

Grassroots clubs across the country who are twinned with their local McDonald’s restaurants receive support through the provision of kit and equipment, business advice and assistance with hosting community football events.