Learn to play the Arsenal way during the next half term!

- Southbury Leisure Centre, Enfield, Middlesex
- Martin Junior School, East Finchley, London N2
- Haverstock School, Chalk Farm, London NW3
- Aldenham School, Elstree, Borehamwood, Herts

Soccer Schools run from 10am - 3pm on Tuesday 27 - Friday, May 30 and are for boys and girls aged 7-12. The cost is £48. There will also be Soccer Schools throughout July and August at all the above venues as well as at Parmiters School in Watford. You can also learn to play the Arsenal way even if you don't live near north London -Arsenal Soccer Schools also have partners all over the UK which we have listed below.

Grassroots - Surrey, Kent, East Essex

Back of the Net - Northants, Milton Keynes

Premier SC - Gloucs, Somerset, S Wales

Premier SC South - Sussex

World Soccer - North Herts, South Cambs

Steve Morrow -N Ireland

Football For All -West Essex

DNF Coaching - Notts & Leics

Atlas Soccer Coaching - Hereford & Worcs

Elite Sports Coaching - North Cambs & Lincs

Simply Soccer - Warwickshire

Players Soccer Schools - Wiltshire

Drills n Skills Soccer Coaching - Dublin and Meath

Luton & Beds Community Schools Football programme -Beds

Jaguar Sports Coaching - Oxfordshire

Visit to book or call 020 7704 4140 for more information.

There are three separate weeks to choose from this summer:

Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire:
Sunday, July 20 - Friday, July 25

Sparsholt College, Hampshire:
Sunday, August 10 - Friday, August 15 and Sunday, August 17 - Friday, August 22

Residential Soccer Schools are the ideal environment to provide children with the opportunity to improve their football in a relaxed atmosphere while making new friends and developing their team work. A qualified nurse is on hand 24 hours a day as well as FA qualified and CRB checked Arsenal Soccer School staff. All summer residential courses cost £270. Registration is 4pm on Sunday and the course finishes with a presentation ceremony on Friday at 2pm which parents are welcome to attend.

The Arsenal Positive Futures advanced group from Islington and Camden took part in the Hasbro Tournament at Brunel University last month. They were the youngest team there (under 17s) among men from 18 to 30! Our local boys won two, drew one, and lost one to get through the first round. This was followed by emphatic victories right through to the final. Well done to the team! The organisers also raffled a signed Arsenal ball which raised £105.

The Arsenal Double Club Cookery and Healthy Living Module has been developed in stages over the past few years. It all began when the Community Department was fortunate enough to have a University nutrition student, Sophie Husband, for a six month placement. Sophie worked with the players' Chef, Rob Fagg (pictured above and who also writes in the Arsenal monthly magazine) and developed activities based on the diets of the Arsenal squad. CEA@Islington became involved and a dietician and teacher developed the work before an initial pilot at Highbury Grove School.

The most recent pilot study at Elizabeth Garratt Anderson School saw 18 girls participate in the project, produced in collaboration with CEA@Islington's cooking consultant, Angela Moody. Since her appointment, Angela has furthered the link with Rob the Chef and run a pilot of one of the modules at Islington Arts and Media School in 2007. During the EGA pilot, the girls participated in 'football-related-fitness' sessions in the first half followed by making healthy meals including hummus, porridge, sports drinks and healthy home-made pizza. Some of the students' evaluations included: "I enjoyed the cooking as we learnt to cook different foods. The football sessions were fun and different" and, "the football was fun and we learnt about teamwork". Owing to the success of the pilot, a three module curriculum is now being developed ready for the launch in Islington secondary schools in September. For more information on the Double Club's Cookery and Healthy Living module, contact Ross McKinley at

In August 2007, at Arsenal's International Festival of Football, Shalom from Israel met Ken from Spain and a friendship was formed.

Shalom Liav was there as the leader of two Galilee United teams from Northern Israel. Ken Jones is the Joint-Head, with Ian McKay of the recently formed Arsenal Soccer School in Spain's Costa del Sol.

Galilee United is an Arsenal-backed co existence project in Northern Israel that brings together Jewish and Arab youngsters to play together in the same football teams.

This is one of the few ways in which young people from across an often hostile ethnic divide can mix and meet each other on equal terms taking part in an activity they both love. Sport can provide a framework for friendship like nothing else.

Ken was greatly impressed with Galilee United, also known as Arsenal in the Galilee, and while at the Festival was already hatching a plan to organise a tournament in Spain in which he would invite the team from Israel to take part.

On his return to Spain, Ken secured the agreement of the municipality of San Roque to host the tournament and the international law firm Marrache & Co to act as sponsors.

In April 2008, Ken's vision became reality when Galilee United, Arsenal Soccer School in the Costa del Sol, Arsenal Soccer School in Portugal led by Jose Taira and our Soccer School in Toulouse, France under Neil Harvey came together to play in the Iberian Tournament for Peace.

and, "the football was fun and we learnt about Israel and Spain were convincing winners in the opening matches.

Israel beat Portugal 5-0 and Spain beat France 8-1. As anticipated the match for third place was close with France just edging it 2-1.

We thought that the final would also be difficult to call. We were wrong.

The host team played even better than in their semi-final and at no time gave their visitors from Israel the prospect of victory finishing as superb 4-0 winners.

Two players from each team received a Player of the Tournament Award.

One award was shared by the two goalkeepers MIGUEL SOBRAL and ALEXANDRE GRACA for their semi- final performances against Israel and the other went to number 10, AYRTON CARNEIROwho impressed with his courage, spirit and

ADIL KHAN was outstanding in midfield in both his team's games. Centre-back, ETHAN JONES had a superb game in the third place play- off, marshalling the defence, scoring one of his team's goals and hitting the crossbar with a massive long shot which lead to his team's winning goal.

Although Israel disappointed in the final, RIYAD JABOR and LOAI HORANI excelled in their semi-final. Riyad caught the eye with his pace and power scoring an impressive hat-trick. Loai cutting in from the wing contributed with a brace.

Skipper PEDRO CASTANO OCANA earned his award through his leadership and striking skills while the diminutive THOMAS ISOLA-so cool, courageous and aware under pressure -was magnificent in the build-up and also scored two goals in the final.

"Sport has the power to change the world"
-Nelson Mandela
'Peace' is a lofty political process that we unfortunately have to leave to the adults -our so called leaders. A football tournament is more about 'friendship'. As far as friendship is concerned, the young can lead and set a marvellous example. A football tournament brings people together to play the game they love so much - people of different views, colour, race, religion, nationality, abilities and so on. A tournament for peace and friendship also defines the way we play.

There must be respect. Respect for ourselves and our team mates. Respect for opponents. Respect for the referee. Respect for the laws and spirit of the game. One 'respect' we too often forget is the behaviour of supporters. The behaviour of parents on the touch-line is often far from peaceful or friendly.

There should be no cheating: every player knows when the ball is out of play; when it goes over the line; when a goal is scored. Play acting is also not acceptable. When players are knocked down or fall over, they should get up quickly and carry on with the game: no rolling all over the floor; never trying to get an opponent sent off.

Celebrations should not be over- cooked. When you win, you are rightly happy; but remember your opponent who is your friend in sport is upset and disappointed. Today you are the winner; tomorrow you will lose. "I was proud to have been associated with this tournament. It was a superb example of the way the game should be played and enjoyed," said one participant.

- Young people holidaying on the Costa del Sol this summer will be able to take part in an Arsenal Soccer School organised by our partners in southern Spain. Contact or

- The Arsenal Festival of Football takes place at Royal Holloway College from July 26 to August 3 for boys and girls teams. Visit www.arsenalinternationalsoccerfestival .com for details of all ages

- Arsenal's amazing Peace Project in northern Israel needs your help to grow.

Contact Alan Sefton at for more information.


Ex-players this season have included Eddie Kelly, Peter Marinello, Brian Hornsby, Ian Allinson, Perry Groves, Danny O'Shea, Nicky Sullivan and Tony Murtagh. Celebrities showing off their football skills include Tony Hadley, Mark Adams, Bobby Armitt, Marvin Berglas, Ian Ferguson, Johnny Harrison, Ralf Little, Terry Marsh, Matt Mansfield, Peter McGillicuddy, Alan Paris, Patrick Robinson, Robbie Gee, Tommy Walsh and Phil Daniels.

Saturday, May 10, 2008
Kick-off: 3pm
Kenilworth Road
1 Maple Road, Luton, Beds LU4 8AW

Sunday, May 18, 2008
Kick-off: 3pm
Abrahams Stadium
Summers Lane, Finchley, London N12 0PD

Sunday, May 25, 2008
Kick-off: 3pm
Pirelli Stadium
Princess Way, Burton upon Trent, DE13 0AR

The game at Luton Town is a celebration of the Club's 20th anniversary of winning the Littlewoods Cup (as it was then known).

All gate receipts will be divided equally amongst the four charities that represent four players/managers from that day who have sadly passed away -David Preece, Ray Harford, Les Sealey and David Rocastle. Tickets for this game are £10 for adults and £5 for children. Visit

The day will be a family affair with events commencing at 1pm including face painting for the children, pre-match entertainment and a half time crossbar challenge.

Names so far confirmed to represent Luton are: Mick Harford, Steve Foster, Tim Breacker, John Hartson, Kerry Dixon, Mal Donaghy, David Oldfield, Andy King, Scott Oakes, Phil Gray, Kingsley Black, Marvyn Johnson, Mark Stein, Julian James and Darren Salton. David Pleat has agreed to manage the team.

All Arsenal fans are most welcome. Please show your support.

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16 May 2008