McDonald’s Fun Football is returning to Oxford, providing free football for hundreds of children this spring.

The programme offers a host of new sessions at Oxford City Football Club, designed for children aged five to 11 to get them more active.

The first of the free Fun Football sessions will kick off today (May 11).

The first wave of 2024 sessions will see a total of 1.2 million hours of free football coaching by FA qualified coaches in more than 1,500 venues across the country.

Recognising that 56 per cent of children from lower-economic backgrounds are inactive due to costs associated with sports, the Fun Football programme has focused on ensuring more than 80 per cent of lower-socio urban areas have easy access to these sessions.

Additionally, inclusive disability sessions for Pan-Disability and Visual Impairment will be available to families up and down the country.

The disability football provision is part of the programme’s aim of making football accessible for all, with research finding that 29 per cent of disabled children are not benefitting from sports.

Earlier this year, more than 100 coaches underwent bespoke training modules developed in collaboration with BBC Children in Need, British Blind Sport, Kick It Out and England Futsal.

This has enabled Fun Football coaches to accommodate any child and adjust sessions as needed.