Former Newcastle United and England midfielder Rob Lee made a surprise visit to join in training sessions at a local junior club.
He joined players and coaches at North Shields Juniors FC to celebrate the success of McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme.
After dishing out new kits to four of the teams, Rob treated the youngsters to an impromptu training session, where he put them through their paces on the pitch and shared his own tips and techniques.
Rob said: “Having played for Newcastle United for a large part of my career, it’s fantastic to be here to support the next generation of potential stars within the region.
“Grassroots football plays an essential role in helping quality players to move up the ranks and some of the boys here have really impressed me.
“Volunteers at clubs such as North Shields Youth FC put in a tremendous amount of hard work each week so that players have access to the game in a safe environment.”
Local McDonald’s franchisee Bill Liddy, who owns and operates six restaurants across North Shields, Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland, said: “North Shields Youth FC is a great example of a grassroots football club which provides young people in the local community with the opportunity to feel part of a successful team.
“These clubs make great efforts to provide high quality training, which is so crucial in developing talent for the future.
“It’s important that businesses like McDonald’s support them and help to create the best possible experience for young aspiring players.”