Motherwell mum picks up special trophy at Wembley

Clare Louise McDonald with Coleen Rooney at Wembley.
Clare Louise McDonald with Coleen Rooney at Wembley.

Motherwell mum Clare Louise McDonald was named Scotland’s McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year at a special ceremony at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

She was presented with the inaugural award by fellow football mum Coleen Rooney and local McDonald’s franchisee Kate Walker.

In addition to looking after her own two sons, Clare Louise looks out for 130 other boys aged 3-10 at Cambusnethan Talbot Community FC.

As both the team coach and a full-time working mum, Clare Louise juggles working life and her responsibilities at home with training three nights a week.

She is also the team’s chauffeur, kit washer, first aider, tea lady and number one supporter.

Clare Louise, pictured right with Coleen, and her husband started a disability academy in the community after completing the SFA course in coaching footballers with disabilities, giving children with autism and other Additional Support Needs the opportunity to enjoy football.

Clare Louise said: “I can’t quite believe I’m Scotland’s McDonald’s Football Mum of the Year.

“Coming down to Wembley, meeting Coleen, Kate and the other winners has been an amazing experience, but there are so many dedicated mums who put so much time and effort in so their children can be active, play football and have fun, and they all deserve recognition, even if it’s just a big thank you!”