Stevenage are holding the 'McDonald's Football Open Day' on 25 July, in which former England international Martin Keown will be in attendance as well as top coach Eric Harrison.

The open day is a free of charge event which forms part of McDonald's community partnership with The FA and aims to inspire youngsters to participate in football and sharpen their skills through a series of interactive coaching sessions and skills inflatables, designed to help develop dribbling, aerial ability and shooting accuracy.

Families and friends will also be encouraged to join in the fun by being invited to try their hand at coaching or even sign up as a club volunteer.

Organised by Stevenage FC in partnership with Mike Ghazarian, a local franchisee in Stevenage, the Open Day offers families throughout Stevenage the once in a lifetime chance to meet legends of the game and provide youngsters with the opportunity to have their skills seen by Harrison - one of the most celebrated coaches in the English game.

Speaking of the event, Ghazarian said: "I've been involved in helping to improve the standards of grassroots football in and around Stevenage for a few years and this summer's event follows on from the hugely successful partnership in 2009. With the Open Day, we're encouraging the wider Stevenage community to get involved and give our youngsters access to the very best in football training and coaching."

The Open Day will be attended by England and Arsenal legend Martin Keown who will be on hand to share his insights and some of the tips and tricks acquired through his years in the game.

Ex-England international, Martin Keown added: "McDonald's wants to provide the community with a football-focused fun day out for all. Football is part of the fabric of our society, and it is a pleasure to be involved."

Also attending on the day will be McDonald's Head Coach Eric Harrison, who as former Head of Manchester United's Youth Academy is credited for helping to create the infamous 'Class of 92', which included Paul Scholes, the Neville Brothers and David Beckham.

Alex Tunbridge, Head of Stevenage Football Club in the Community, said: "We're delighted to be involved with the McDonald's Football Open Day and we know from experience that they're a great way for our community to celebrate and share its passion for football. We're incredibly excited that Martin Keown will be joining in with us and we're looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible, whether their passion is as a young player, coach or volunteer."

The event is one of many free family community football days taking place around the country this summer.

The Open Day will kick off at 10am on 25th July at Stevenage FC Academy, Broadhall Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 8RH.

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