The FA and its official community partner McDonald’s, are looking for teams and venues to host community football days later this year.

Taking place each summer, community football days are a showcase of grassroots youth football in areas around the country and are hosted either by a County FA or an accredited Charter Standard club.  Community football days provide opportunities for families and young players new to the game, regardless of their ability or experience, as well as those who already play.

They also help with recruitment – in 2016, clubs that hosted community football days saw a 52% increase in new players and a 47% increase in volunteers.

The events are a great platform to encourage participation as well as hosting FA Skills and drop-in sessions for those not yet a member of a team.

Ultimately, a community football day provides something for everyone: there are refreshments, games and activities for everyone in attendance on the day – all with football at its core.

The FA and McDonald’s, in collaboration with the local County FA, will select a community football day to support in each county, providing branding, equipment, an event toolkit plus social and digital support to help raise awareness of the event and drive attendance.

Applications are now open, so visit mcdonalds.co.uk/communityfootballdays for more detail.