MEMBERS of a youth football team are celebrating a top football honour.
Youngsters from the Brickfield Rangers FC Under 10s from Wrexham walked out with the teams ahead of Wales’ first international fixture of 2013 against Austria at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.
They then took to the stands to watch the game with their families.
A Gareth Bale-inspired Wales secured a 2-1 win over their visitors thanks to goals from the Tottenham winger and Sam Vokes while Marc Janko pulled a goal back for Austria.
Ian Rush MBE, McDonald’s director of Welsh Football, said: “The Welsh national team is a good squad and it was a great way to start off 2013 with a solid win over a good side in Austria.
“The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic and I’m sure the player escorts walking out onto the pitch will never forget this experience.”
Since becoming community partner back in 2002, McDonald’s has been involved in helping to improve the grassroots game across Wales and
has been at the forefront of the Club Accreditation Scheme, which aims
to improve coaching for young footballers.
So far more than 500 clubs have achieved accredited status.
Brickfield, the Welsh Football Trust Club of the Year 2012, earned the opportunity after being recognised for its excellent work within the community.