Long shot pays off for student
Football fan’s school gets Arsenal boost
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!”
n ON THE BALL: Young footballer Tyriq’s letter to Arsene Wenger led to an Arsenal coach visiting the school