MUIRHEVNAMOR FC and Drogheda Town will be the first football clubs in Louth to take part in the McDonald's FAI Future Football programme.
The initiative is a brand new strategy to support grassroots football clubs and enhance the work they do at local level, and each club will be individually championed by local McDonald's restaurants in Louth.
Nationwide, 83 football clubs are signed up to the Future Football programme, where up to 4,000 boys and girls (under 8, 9 and 10) will participate in events such as free coach education workshops aimed at developing skills in young players, community fun days to be held in 25 locations and supported by McDonald's, and a Future Football competition for clubs culminating in a McDonald's Cup Final. There will also be a chance to play in Aviva Stadium at half-time during the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan on October 15th.
Republic of Ireland and LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane, who is the official Future Football ambassador, said: 'Every budding footballer starts out at grassroots level - it's where I learned the basic skills of the game.'