Over 50 children of serving British Army soldiers, many of whom are currently deployed, were given the VIP treatment when they visited Emirates Stadium recently. 

The children, who all have at least one parent serving with the British Army, were treated to a training session with Arsenal in the Community coaches before enjoying a special tour around the Gunners’ home.

Louise Fetigan, co-founder of My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures, the charity which organised the day, said: "We had over 50 children from the British Army come along, they had a great day and by the end of it many were aspiring to be the next Theo Walcott!"

Many of the children who attended the day must regularly celebrate their birthday or Christmas without one of their parents, who can be away for up to nine months in combat zones like Afghanistan.

Thanks to Arsenal in the Community, the day provided a welcome distraction for the children and even attracted a legion of new junior supporters.

Edward, who attended the session with his brother Oliver and sister Eleanor said: "We had a fab tour around the stadium and I definitely support Arsenal now!”

Lisa Law, whose husband is currently on tour, took her children and said, "Declan, Abby, Kimberley and Keira had a fantastic day. These events give them something good to focus on while their Dad is away and they have made some lovely friends too."

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16 Aug 2012