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T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
« on: March 21, 2014, 02:03:21 AM »
T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
T&T Express Reports.


A child from Trinidad and Tobago will have a dream realised of  walking onto the playing field  holding the hand of his football hero at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Yesterday, the local McDonald’s Restaurant franchise launched the McDonald’s Player Escort programme in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and the Heroes Foundation.

The programme gives one lucky T&T child the opportunity of a lifetime to escort a football player during the quarter-final match in Rio de Janeiro at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The grand prize is a trip to Rio de Janeiro from July 2-5 for one child, accompanied by one adult. There, the lucky child will get the opportunity to walk onto the pitch hand in hand with a player at the start of a World Cup match. The trip includes airfare, hotel accommodation, meals, access to tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro and interaction with children from other countries. 

The competition is open to children between the ages of six and 10, and opens on April 28. Registration vouchers are available at Mc Donald’s restaurants located at Cipriani Boulevard, The Falls West Mall, Grand Bazaar, Gulf View and Gulf City Mall. No purchase is necessary to participate. The draw to determine the child chosen to go to Brazil takes place on May 1.

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Re: T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2014, 06:11:27 AM »
Fantastic opportunity. Not sure about USA, but McDonalds is a massive investor in youth football in UK. Was hoping that McD's in T&T would do the same. Maybe this is a start?

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Re: T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2014, 06:24:46 AM »
I have the hope that one day sponsorship could one day mirror an image more consistent with the healthy lifestyle and choices that should more closely be associated with athletic endeavour. Until such a time, we can live with McDonald's.

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Re: T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2014, 09:36:04 AM »
I have the hope that one day sponsorship could one day mirror an image more consistent with the healthy lifestyle and choices that should more closely be associated with athletic endeavour. Until such a time, we can live with McDonald's.

So you mean Heineken is not a sport drink to be consumed within 30 minutes of an athlete completing a rigorous work out to aid in recovery and re-hydration.
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Re: T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2014, 11:12:32 AM »
I have the hope that one day sponsorship could one day mirror an image more consistent with the healthy lifestyle and choices that should more closely be associated with athletic endeavour. Until such a time, we can live with McDonald's.

So you mean Heineken is not a sport drink to be consumed within 30 minutes of an athlete completing a rigorous work out to aid in recovery and re-hydration.
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Re: T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2014, 01:58:28 AM »
McDonald’s Player Escort Programme launched.
T& Newsday Reports.


ARCOS DORADOS, the largest McDonald’s franchisee in Latin America and the Caribbean, announced a new partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and the Heroes Foundation/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Trinidad and Tobago.

This announcement was made during the launch of its Player Escort Programme, held on Thursday morning at the McDonald’s outlet on Cipriani Boulevard, Port-of-Spain.

Vouchers to participate in the programme, which gives one child the opportunity of a lifetime, to meet and escort a football player during a quarter-final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are available at the local McDonald’s outlets (including West Mall, Grand Bazaar, Gulf View and Gulf City Mall) until April 28.

As an official sponsor of the flagship FIFA World Cup since 1994, this year’s McDonald’s Player Escort Programme is available to children in 70 countries, including the twin-island republic.

Through this initiative, approximately 1,400 children from all over the globe will have the opportunity to live their dreams of walking onto the field, hand-in-hand with their football heroes, at the start of each FIFA World Cup match.

The launch was attended by national football team coach Stephen Hart, as well as children from the TTFA youth programme — St Agnes Anglican School — and executives from McDonald’s, the TTFA and the Heroes Foundation/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Trinidad and Tobago. The collaboration between the organisations is part of a strategy to help raise awareness with youth for the programme, which is being offered for the first time by McDonald’s in Trinidad and Tobago. “We know that football is a favourite sport of many of our local customers, and we’re happy to be a part of the FIFA World Cup excitement by now offering the Player Escort Programme to them,” said Jameela Mohammed- Ali, TT market manager for Arcos Dorados, Latin America’s largest restaurant chain and the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee. “At McDonald’s, we do our part to ensure that children have opportunities, like Player Escort, to fulfill their dreams as well as promote healthy and active lifestyles.”

TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee pointed out, “we feel very excited about McDonald’s, one of FIFA’s partners for the World Cup, bringing this promotion to our country to afford the opportunity for one of our kids to experience the thrill of the World Cup in Brazil later this year.

“This is what dreams are made of and it is my hope that it inspires our youth to keep dreaming and to also develop a passion and love for the game of football.”

The Heroes Foundation/Big Brothers Big Sisters of Trinidad and Tobago, a non-profit group that provides youth with mentorship activities, added to the sentiment expressed by the other organisations.

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Re: T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2014, 03:22:34 PM »
I have the hope that one day sponsorship could one day mirror an image more consistent with the healthy lifestyle and choices that should more closely be associated with athletic endeavour. Until such a time, we can live with McDonald's.

McDonald's is one the few restaurants that publishes nutritional information on all of the food products they sell. So at least the consumer have the opportunity (if they so chose) to evaluate what they eat.
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Re: T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2014, 04:25:40 AM »
I have the hope that one day sponsorship could one day mirror an image more consistent with the healthy lifestyle and choices that should more closely be associated with athletic endeavour. Until such a time, we can live with McDonald's.

McDonald's is one the few restaurants that publishes nutritional information on all of the food products they sell. So at least the consumer have the opportunity (if they so chose) to evaluate what they eat.

Yeah, they have made menu adjustments and an effort at nutritional transparency ... although some of that has been driven by preserving market share and adjusting to conscientious consumption by some demographics. Granted, they are better stewards overall.

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Re: T&T child to escort footballer at 2014 World Cup.
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2014, 04:30:20 AM »
I have the hope that one day sponsorship could one day mirror an image more consistent with the healthy lifestyle and choices that should more closely be associated with athletic endeavour. Until such a time, we can live with McDonald's.

So you mean Heineken is not a sport drink to be consumed within 30 minutes of an athlete completing a rigorous work out to aid in recovery and re-hydration.

... I suppose it's also a question of balancing interests ... because some things ... like a cold brew ... are part of fete match culture and watching Champions League in a sports bar.