Six lucky youngsters from north London were invited to an awards presentation at last Sunday’s home Premier League match against Crystal Palace, to celebrate their achievements in a schools competition promoting healthy living.

In collaboration with Arsenal in the Community, Islington Borough Council and school education catering specialist Caterlink, local schoolchildren were asked to design a healthy meal and drink as part of last year’s National School Meals Week. The winning competition entries submitted by the chosen six, will be prepared and served at the respective schools during ‘special days’ throughout March and April.

The children, who all hail from local primary schools including Yerbury, Ashmount, Hungerford and Ambler, were presented pitchside last Sunday with special trophies by Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere, before settling down to enjoy the 2-0 home victory.

Alan Sefton, Head of Arsenal in the Community, said: “This was a great initiative to engage local youngsters and get them thinking about the importance of a healthy diet. We were delighted to welcome the winning pupils to the Emirates to present their awards and I’m sure meeting Jack will have made the experience even more special!”

Neil Fuller, Managing Director of Caterlink, commented: “Islington Borough Council and Arsenal in the Community have been great in helping us with orchestrating the competition and arranging such a fantastic prize. We want to get children excited about food and healthy eating so this is a great example of engaging youngsters in making healthy choices, which in turn will enable our highly-trained chefs to create delicious menus that children enjoy.”

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