St Neots students enjoy Christmas party with Arsenal stars

Ollie Ruff, fourth from right, and Elliott, first right, with Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin.

Ollie Ruff, fourth from right, and Elliott, first right, with Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin. - Credit: Alan Walter

Ollie Ruff and Elliott Haylett joined some of the Arsenal first team squad at a special Christmas party held at the club’s training ground.

The duo, both aged 11, and students at Longsands Academy, entered a competition to attend the Christmas party and from those entries, 200 were picked to join some of the first-team squad for an afternoon of Christmas fun.

Ollie’s mum, Sammi said: “It was great that the boys were given this opportunity. They had a great time meeting all of the players.”

The afternoon was made up of a range of activities including a signing session in the press conference room, meeting club mascot Gunnersaurus and joining the players in the sports hall for a range of football challenges.

Club captain, Mikel Arteta, said: “The whole team really enjoyed the Junior Gunner Christmas party and it was fantastic to be able to welcome so many of our young supporters at the training ground.”

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