Long shot pays off for stu­dent

Foot­ball fan’s school gets Ar­se­nal boost

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WHEN bud­ding foot­baller Tyriq wrote to Arsene Wenger ask­ing him to visit his school, he knew it was a long shot.

But although the Ar­se­nal manager de­clined the Year 11 stu­dent’s in­vi­ta­tion, he did send one of the team’s coaches to Chantry School, in Fall­ing Lane, Yiewsley.

The coach led prac­tice and men­tor­ing ses­sions to­gether with the club’s sports devel­op­ment of­fi­cer, John Keyes, through­out the day on Fri­day, Jan­uary 9. They en­joyed it so much they have of­fered to re­turn in the sum­mer.

Year nine stu­dent Char­lie said: “It was a real sur­prise to see Ar­se­nal in our school.

“The best bit was join­ing in, out on the field.”

Joe, in year seven, added: “I was thrilled to see an Ar­se­nal coach in the school and so happy when they agreed to stay for the af­ter­noon and work with years seven and eight.”

Go­ing for­ward, stu­dents who have worked par­tic­u­larly hard will be in­vited to tour the Emi­rates Sta­dium in fu­ture.

The school’s in­terim as­sis­tant head, Sarah Miller, who had orig­i­nally tasked stu­dents with writ­ing in­vites to celebri­ties, said: “Watch this space for the be­gin­ning of a re­ally strong team re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ar­se­nal FC and Chantry school.

“Tyriq has blin­der!”

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n ON THE BALL: Young foot­baller Tyriq’s let­ter to Arsene Wenger led to an Ar­se­nal coach vis­it­ing the school

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