McDonald’s Fun Football - Safeguarding Info for Parents & FAQs

What you can expect and how to play your part in safeguarding your child

Thank you for registering your child with our Fun Football Centres.  We’d like to let you know what you (and your child can expect) from this exciting new programme.

McDonald’s Fun Football Centres are committed to:

·         Implementing preventative safeguarding measures (including DBS Checks and safeguarding training)

·         Making the reporting of concerns as easy as possible

·         Ensuring safeguarding concerns are investigated swiftly and thoroughly, working with statutory agencies (via footballs network of Designated Safeguarding Officers and The FAs Case Management Team)

What can parents expect?

Every centre is staffed by FA qualified coaches who have completed The FAs Safeguarding Children training. The coaching staff will also have an in date Enhanced DBS check with children’s barred list.

The football activities your child will get involved with have been designed by The FAs coaching staff to ensure they are fun, inclusive and offering the chance to improve and challenge in a supportive way.

All of our McDonald’s Fun Football Centres in England will be following The FAs Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures you can access this policy here. Each centre is required to have a Designated Safeguarding Officer who is responsible for overseeing the safeguards for that centre. They are also the named point of contact should anyone have a concern about the welfare of a child involved in our McDonald’s Fun Football Centre.

What can parents do?

When you sign your child in please take the opportunity to speak with the coaching staff. This is particularly important if you indicated via the online registration that your child has either additional needs or any medical needs. You and/or your child can help our coaching staff to better understand how to support their specific needs. We want to ensure your child has fun and is appropriately supported.

If you have any general questions or concerns about the programme you can contact -mcd.football@leoburnett.co.uk (McDonald’s Sports Marketing Agency administering the Program)

What if I have a safeguarding concern?

If you are worried about a child, it’s vital you report your concerns; there are five ways to do this:

1.       To the McDonald’s Fun Football Centre Designated Safeguarding Officer

2.       To your County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer. A list of all County FA contact details is available at TheFA.com/my-football/more/ county-fa

3.       By emailing The FA Safeguarding Team at safeguarding@TheFA.com

4.       If urgent and you cannot contact your McDonald’s Fun Football Centre Designated Safeguarding Officer or County FA Designated Safeguarding Officer, you should call the NSPCC 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000.

5.       If it is an emergency because a child or children are at immediate risk, then call the Police or Children’s Social Care in your area.

Contact details for your child’s McDonald’s Fun Football Centre:

These will be shared in your reminder email that you will receive on the Friday before your session is taking place.

They will include the details of your lead coach and designated safeguarding officer for your centre.

Additional FAQs

Registration

How do I register?

 On our McDonald’s Fun Football Website there will be a page dedicated to registering for our Fun Football Centres. You’ll be able to pick out your local centre, and then provide all necessary details for your child’s registration.

 How much does it cost?

Each session is completely free and funded by McDonald’s.

What is the deadline for registration?

 The deadline to register is 23:59 on the Thursday before the session takes place. If you miss this deadline, you’ll need to register for the following week’s session. Please see registration page for details of each sessions dates.  

How old must children be?

 Children must be between the ages of 5-11 at the time of the session.

Can both boys and girls attend?

 Yes, of course! McDonald’s Fun Football is for all.

Does the automated email I received act as full booking confirmation?

 No, your provisional confirmation email will only confirm you have successfully registered for the Centre. Prior to the session we will send out reminder emails to all those who have a place confirmed. This is to avoid centres being oversubscribed.

 The Sessions

 What time does the session start and finish?

 This will depend on the session you’re attending. When registering for each centre you will be able to see the exact timings.

How long is the session?

 Each session will last 1 hour, and you’ll be able to see the start and finish times upon registering.

What does my child need to bring?

 Please bring suitable footwear, suitable football clothing (Weather dependant), and plenty of water.

Where should I go when I arrive at the venue?

 On arrival at the venue, please keep an eye out for our McDonald’s Fun Football branding as this is where the centre will be taking place. The coaches will also be wearing McDonald’s Fun Football clothing.

What will my child be doing during the session?

 Each Fun Football Centre will be an introductory session to Football for children aged 5-11 and predominantly aimed at those children who are not currently playing. Our coaches will deliver a series of activities focusing on basic footballing technique, however this will obviously be adapted depending on your child’s age and ability.

What if my child is no longer able to attend the session?

 If your child is no longer able to attend, please make the effort to contact mcd.football@leoburnett.co.uk to let us know, if you are no longer able to attend on the day please feel free to inform the lead coach (these details will be in the reminder email)

Can other children turn up on the day if they haven’t registered?

 Unfortunately, not. However, please do book for the following week’s session, or alternatively another centre.

What happens if there is bad weather?

 If the centre is cancelled due to bad weather, our lead coach will contact you prior to the session. If for some reason they are unable to contact you, there will also be at least one coach at the venue to inform parents. 

Who do I need to contact if I’m running late?

 If you’re running late, please feel free to inform the lead coach.

Can I drop my child off and pick them up at the end of the session or do I have to be present throughout?

 Yes, of course. As you’ve provided us with your emergency contact details and full information, all you need to do is sign your child in on drop off and then you are free to return at the end of the session.

What happens if my child sustains an injury?

 All our coaches will have first aid qualifications, and if a child was to suffer anything more serious we would contact you immediately. That said, you have entered the session at your own risk when registering, and therefore understand there will be minor risk activity involved. 

What is the ratio of coaches to children?

 This will vary from centre to centre, but on average we are expecting a ratio of 1:12. This will vary depending on the number of registrations, however we will ensure each child has the best possible experience with our expert coaches.

What qualifications do the coaches hold?

All our professional coaches have minimum FA Level 1 Coaching Qualification, with proven experience of coaching young children. All have an in date Enhanced disclosure with child barring from DBS  and carry first aid, and up to date safeguarding children certificates.