England Legends Martin Keown and Casey Stoney visit Grassroots Club

On Saturday August 2nd I headed to Hertfordshire based grassroots football Ware Youth FC.

I wasn’t going to watch a game – instead I was there to meet England Football Legends Martin Keown and Casey Stoney who were there to take part in the painting of a football street art mural.

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I even had the opportunity to interview Casey Stoney who is currently playing for Arsenal and England. We chatted about football as well as being a gay role model and parenting. You can read my full interview {here}.

Street artist Ben Mosley created the giant mural for McDonald’s, the Community Partner of The FA, to paint a portrait of grassroots football and all the elements that go into running a local football club week in, week out.

Both Martin and Casey joined four teams from Ware Youth FC, along with employees from local McDonald’s restaurants who all left their mark on Ben Mosley’s work, using their painted handprints to form the net of a football goal as a centrepiece of the mural. The specially created artwork depicts the grassroots journey that thousands of young players take every week, whether that is training and preparing for a game, right through to scoring the winning goal in a match. The mural highlights the work of many volunteers, who give up countless hours to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for youth players to develop their skills. The mural will be hung in the clubhouse of Ware Youth FC.

As well as playing a part in painting the mural, the young players of Ware Youth FC were put through their paces by Martin and Casey during special coaching sessions.

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As the FA’s Community Partner and the nation’s biggest supporter of grassroots football over the last 12 years, McDonald’s has helped improve standards at grassroots level to help coaches, clubs and leagues play an even greater role in community football.

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