Arsenal players Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs joined year five and six pupils from Meryfield School, Borehamwood for an Arsenal Double Club session.

The innovative scheme, which was founded in 1998 - a 'Double'-winning season for the Gunners - uses Arsenal resources and football-based classroom exercises to make learning fun and relevant to children's interests. The sessions are divided between 45 minutes in the classroom followed by a 45-minute practical football session on their school field. The scheme is run in conjunction with Hertsmere Borough Council through a unique partnership as the Club's training ground is located here.

During their sessions led by teacher Steve Eadon, the children are encouraged to write blog entries from the perspective of an Arsenal player, do comprehension exercises using a matchday programme and prepare questions as junior sports journalists to ask a player at a press conference.

During the session with Kieran and Carl, the children prepared questions to ask them in a press conference to write up afterwards.

Alan Sefton, Head of Arsenal in the Community, said: "This visit to the Double Club session really brings the Arsenal scheme to life and puts the pupils' work into context.  The Double Club scheme is a huge success and makes learning more fun for children who need an extra bit of motivation."

Steve Eadon added: "The enjoyment the children get out of Double Club sessions is clear to see through their enthusiasm and willingness to contribute to classroom activities. Their love for football during the outdoor sessions is also abundant.

"I've been really pleased with the sound progress made by each pupil throughout the term. As a result we are convinced these sessions will have a positive impact on the rest of their studies in school."

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