A group of youngsters from Arsenal in the Community and the WBA Foundation recently converged at London Metropolitan University to take part in a Premier League 4 Sport multi-sport competition - coinciding with the Gunners’ Premier League clash against Roy Hodgson’s side.
The 14 competitors, who are all members of volleyball satellite clubs within their respective Club’s community programmes, took part in a fun and competitive morning of activity, combining not only volleyball but also taster sessions in badminton and table tennis.
While Arsène Wenger’s men may have claimed the honours on the football pitch later that afternoon, it was Albion’s youngsters who came out on top in the multi-sport showdown – the greater experience of their volleyball squad eventually giving them the edge in a closely-fought match.
To round off a memorable day, both sets of youngsters were invited to Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal’s 3-0 success over WBA and were given a warm round of applause by the crowd when they collected medals and certificates pitchside before kick-off.
Marcio, one of the Arsenal participants from Holloway School and a Premier League 4 Sport ambassador, said: “I had a lot of fun today. I was also lucky enough to win the badminton which was good, although I lost in the final of the table tennis. Unfortunately West Brom were calmer and more experienced in the volleyball than us and it showed. The presentation on the pitch was amazing and it felt great when the crowd all clapped us!”
Jon Rogers, WBA PL4S co-ordinator commented: “The competition not only gave the participants coming from WBA satellite sites the chance to play against their counterparts from Arsenal, it allowed them to attend an away football match in one of the best football stadiums in the country to witness a Premier League Football match – a first for a number of those involved. The participants came away from the whole day buzzing about what they had just done.”
Alan Sefton, Arsenal Head of Community, added: “This was a lovely idea to combine both the PL4S programme and a football match, the first of its kind since the initiative started two years ago. Both clubs played the games with great enthusiasm and sportsmanship and we hope to have more events like this in the future.”
For more information on the Premier League 4 Sport initiative, please contact Ross McKinley on 0207 704 4147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 18 Nov 2011