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Arsenal Ladies star makes surprise visit

New Arsenal Ladies signing Beth Mead was at Market Road in Islington on Tuesday to cheer on girls taking part in our Premier League schools tournament.

Schools from across north London and Hertfordshire took part in the U13 competition, organised by Arsenal in the Community.

Last year’s champions St Albans Girls’ school defended their title with a close fought 1-0 win over Stoke Newington school. They will represent Arsenal in the national finals of the tournament at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge in May.

Beth, who recently joined the Gunners from Sunderland, was on hand to congratulate the teams and hand out medals after the final.

"It’s fantastic to see so many girls out playing football and showing what they can do," Beth said. "I really enjoyed meeting everyone. Arsenal have always been known as a club that backs women’s football in a big way, and it’s good to see that commitment extends to Arsenal in the Community and the work we do in the local area."

Arsenal in the Community work with Arsenal Ladies to deliver girl’s football sessions every week in Islington, Camden, Hackney and Hertsmere.