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Arsenal star at new pitch launch

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Hackney players take on Carl Jenkinson

Young people from the Suffolk Estate welcomed Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson last week, when he paid a visit to their newly-refurbished pitch in Benjamin Close.

The Gunners' star was there to take part in one of the first games on the freshly-laid turf. The new facility was made possible thanks to funding from The Arsenal Foundation and other partners including Mears Group and the Metropolitan Police.

During his visit, Carl took on some of the local players in a mini-football session. After the game, he said: “When I came here [to the site], I didn’t realise how good the pitch would be. The surface is fantastic and I think it’s great that it gives kids an opportunity. To come down here today and see where the money is going and the happiness it brings people is great. The Arsenal Foundation is a great idea and for kids to have a place like this where they can play football in a safe environment is fantastic.”

You can find out more about the Arsenal Foundation, and the projects they support in Hackney and Islington, on the club’s website:

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