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Coleen Rooney launches McDonald’s 2016 Mum of the Year Award

 

Casey Stoney and Jacqui Oatley support search for 2016’s most dedicated football mums

Coleen Rooney, mum to a new baby boy and two football-mad sons, is calling for people across the UK to nominate a deserving ‘football mum’ for the 2016 McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award. Launching the award for the second year running, Coleen is looking for mums who go above and beyond so their children can enjoy playing football, week-in week-out.

2015 was the inaugural year of the McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award which saw more than 800 mums nominated for their work in grassroots football. Following last year’s huge success, the McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award is back to champion the women making a real difference to football across the UK.

From helping run their child’s local team, or even obtaining FA coaching badges and starting a local team simply so their children and friends can play, right through to managing the kits and taking teams training or to matches that can be hours away; the awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the selflessness of football mums.

McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year ambassador, Coleen Rooney, said: “I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing campaign for the second year running. Just like so many others, my house is football-mad and getting my boys to training and doing all the prep isn’t easy, so I can only imagine just how hard these mums work. They commit themselves wholeheartedly to making a difference and go way beyond kit cleaning or running kids to matches. There is so much dedication that isn’t acknowledged so the Football Mum of the Year campaign is a great chance to recognise these women from up and down the country.”

Citing last year’s McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year winner, Coleen Rooney added: “Leah Poole really stood out for her commitment in coaching disabled children and for being a head coach at a number of grassroots sports clubs. Being a mum and working in football shows what can be achieved if you are passionate about your dreams. I can’t wait to see the nominations we receive for the awards this year.”

Sports presenter, Director of Women in Football and mum-of-two, Jacqui Oatley MBE is also supporting the awards this year and said: “I’m really excited to be a part of the McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year campaign this year. I’m glad that mums are being recognised for all the hard work they do behind the scenes in football in the UK. Working in football and as a mum of two kids, I know how much unrecognised work women do to keep the grassroots game going and this award will be rightly deserved by whoever receives it. It’s so important for us to recognise these strong women and to keep championing the female ambassadors of the game.”

McDonald’s Head of Women and Girls Football, Casey Stoney MBE said: “My path to become a professional footballer would have been impossible without all the people who gave up their free time to keep grassroots clubs going.  Without these opportunities it would have been even harder to get noticed and develop as a player. Over the years I have seen a huge increase in women playing an active role in football, which is always great to see and is no surprise that last year’s nominations delivered such strong entries.”

Coleen Rooney will present the McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award to the winner at a special ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 7nd August.

Nominations for the McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year Award are now open and will close on 19th June 2015. To nominate a mum you know, go to mcdonalds.co.uk/mumoftheyear.

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