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Local Deaf Boy's Football Dreams Come True

Local Deaf Boy's Football Dreams Come True


Keen Arsenal supporter, deaf 10 year old Jack Riley, from St Albans, saw his dreams come true at the weekend when he met some of his favourite players at Highbury after watching Arsenal play Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round.

Jack was accompanied by his Mum and Dad, sister, Caitlin Brady (13) and school friend, Jacob Hines (8). The children are all enthusiastic Arsenal supporters so were really happy with Arsenal's 2 - 1 win.

The group were treated to match tickets by international law firm Fried Frank who kindly donated their executive box at Arsenal Football Club to them. The profoundly deaf boy's day was arranged by The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), the only UK charity solely dedicated to the support of deaf children and young people, their families, and professionals working with them.

After the match Caitlin, Jack and his friend Jacob (who is also deaf) had their photograph taken with Arsenal defender Kolo Toure and NDCS Community Fundraising Officer Elizabeth Gordon. There was also time for Jack to meet some of the other players and collect autographs from Robin Van Persie, Sebastian Larsson, Kerrea Gilbert and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

This was the first time the children had seen their team play. Jack said: "It is the last season at Highbury as Arsenal are moving to a new ground, so I was really glad to see the stadium before it is knocked down. Then to meet some of the players was like a dream come true.”

You want to support the NDCS by watching The NDCS Community Cup Match on Sunday 21 May. Ex-Chelsea will take on ex-Arsenal players and celebrities at the home ground of Tooting and Mitcham FC, Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Road (Morden, South London). All proceeds go directly to help deaf children across the UK.

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