Football-mad UCS pupils win signed Arsenal kit

Pupils from University College School (UCS) fulfilled their dreams of winning signed Arsenal football kit and meeting a former club chief at a charity auction for cystic fibrosis research.

David Dein, a former Arsenal director, hosted the auction at UCS in Frognal, and spoke about the thrills and spills of premiership football.

He donated a shirt and a football signed by the entire Arsenal squad.

Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin, who has been loaned to Zenit St Petersburg and has links to UCS, donated a signed football shirt.

Arshavin’s shirt was won by junior school pupil, Jonah Kaplan, 10, and fellow student Josh Keppel, 11, scooped the signed ball.

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“They’re both huge football fans and they loved meeting David Dein,” said Tania Levenfiche, chairman of UCS senior school parents’ guild.

“He [Mr Dein] was an excellent speaker. He was very personable and kept everybody entertained with his stories.

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“He gave us a great insight into the ethics of football and the personalities of the players and gave the boys the answers to the questions they had always wanted to ask.”

A total of �1,200 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust through ticket sales and bids for the football memorabilia.

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