Alexander leads out his football heroes

Alexander Baine with Northern Ireland midfielder Dean Shiels ahead of the international firendly with Finland at Windsor Park. INNT 35-625con
Alexander Baine with Northern Ireland midfielder Dean Shiels ahead of the international firendly with Finland at Windsor Park. INNT 35-625con

A YOUNG Glengormley boy’s dream came true when he helped lead out his Northern Ireland heroes at the recent Finland game at Windsor Park.

Alexander Baine got to experience every young Northern Ireland fan’s dream as he walked out as a McDonald’s player escort for the national team’s friendly.

The 11 year old got to experience first hand the excitement of the build up to the game, including being pitch-side as the Northern Ireland team warmed up, before walking out hand-in-hand with Northern Ireland striker Dean Shiels.

Alexander’s father George said: “It was a fantastic experience for Alexander, he really enjoyed leading the team out and hearing the crowds cheering them on was superb.

“I have to say he was very well looked after by all the staff and Dean was great in chatting with him too as they walked out together.”

In the thrilling match, which finished 3-3, Shiels was named man of the match.

The opportunity to walk out with the team as a player escort was provided through McDonald’s new grassroots football website, McDonald’s Kickstart.

The website also allows local clubs to secure funding for development projects and gain useful information on coaching or running a club.

McDonald’s is celebrating ten years as the official community partner of the Irish FA and through this partnership is helping young footballers shine.

The community partnership is working on delivering a lasting legacy for grassroots football.

For full details and to apply for the chance for your child to walk out as a player escort please visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/kickstart.