Fifty children, aged nine to 11, from across Hertsmere enjoyed a morning of foot and written work at an Arsenal Double Club tournament recently.
During the tournament, five teams from Clore Shalom School in Shenley; The Wroxham School in Potters Bar; Saffron Green Primary School in Borehamwood; Monksmead Primary School in Borehamwood and Ladbrooke Junior Middle Infant School in Potters Bar pitted themselves against each on the pitch and in the classroom with a series of Arsenal-themed literacy challenges. Double Club is a programme which uses football as a tool to motivate youngsters to engage with their studies.
The day at Arsenal’s training ground near Shenley was delivered by Arsenal in the Community and is run through the highly successful community sports partnership between Arsenal Football Club and Hertsmere Borough Council.
Top of the scoreboard by the end of the morning were Clore Shalom School with 74 points, just squeaking ahead of their closest rivals The Wroxham School with one point.
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Culture, said: “The youngsters involved in this latest session of Double Club had a wonderful time, not only sharpening up their football skills but really getting to grips with literacy.
“Over the eight years of our partnership with Arsenal, thousands of young people in Hertsmere have had the opportunity to enjoy sport and learn new skills.
“As well as promoting the importance of staying healthy and active, the Double Club sessions emphasise academic attainment and are a great way to make new friends.”
As well as Double Club, the council’s sports community partnership delivers a range of local initiatives, including curriculum football, holiday activities and girls’ football.
Go to www.hertsmere.gov.uk/arsenal to find out more.