THACKLEY Juniors Football Club celebrated the FA's Girls' Football Week in style.

Not only did they welcome Manchester City and England striker Toni Duggan as their guest for the evening, but she presented them with a new strip for their under-tens and under-11s, courtesy of McDonald's and the FA Accredited Club Kit Scheme.

Duggan held a training session with a number of Thackley Juniors sides, passing on her expertise, and also took part in a question-and-answer session about her career and aspirations.

Thackley Juniors are an FA Charter Standard Community Club and have 33 teams over 12 age groups, involving almost 400 players and 60 coaches and officials.

Michelle Woollias, McDonald's Football Mum of the Year 2016 national winner and Thackley Juniors coach, said: "The whole club has been really excited to have Toni down and the girls have not stopped talking about it.

"The kit scheme is very important to supporting grass-roots clubs like us as it means our funds can go a bit further and be used instead to counter rising costs for facilities.

"The new kit means a lot to the girls and they can't wait to wear it in their next fixture."

Duggan, who is a McDonald's ambassador and has over 100,000 Twitter followers – more than any other player on the England team – said: "Girls' Football Week puts female players firmly on the sporting agenda.

"The initiative demonstrates to young girls that women's football is highly valued at all levels – from grass-roots to professional.

"I'd have loved to have had a week dedicated to girls in football when I was growing up. I hope this message encourages girls to join a club, have fun and really get involved in the game."

Local McDonald's franchisee Pritpal Singh, a keen supporter of grass-roots football in the area, said: "Thackley Juniors FC is a great example of what a club can be with dedication and support from the right people."