A group of schoolchildren enjoyed a special visit to the Arsenal Training Ground this week, capped off with the chance to meet Arsenal Ladies and England star Alex Scott.
Sixty students from a total of six local schools - Bushey Manor, Wroxham, Ladbrooke, Oakmere, Highwood and St. Nicolasin in Hertsmere - were invited to the training ground for a day of football and literacy activities, as part of Arsenal in the Community’s Double Club programme.
They took part in a football and literacy challenge, with the day culminating in a series of presentations on the Arsenal Ladies team and women’s football.
The Arsenal Double Club is an innovative education programme which combines football and learning. Mirroring the two halves of a game of football, the programme combines a 45 minute classroom session, in which Arsenal related educational resources are used, with a 45 minute football coaching session in the playground. The resources are aimed at reluctant learners and those in need of a boost to their studies.
The scheme is now running in over 30 after-school clubs across London and Hertfordshire, with additional weekend and holiday clubs. The programme is used in Arsenal in the Community’s estate work, in pupil referral units, special schools and prisons. Double Club materials have also been used in Arsenal in the Community projects overseas.
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