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Children of soldiers given a day to remember at Arsenal

13:35 12 August 2012

The children of British Army pose in the dressing room at the Emirates with Arsenal Football Club mascot Gunnersaurus Rex

The children of British Army pose in the dressing room at the Emirates with Arsenal Football Club mascot Gunnersaurus Rex

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The children of soldiers were given a day out at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday.

Arsenal coaches treated more than 50 youngsters to a training session before giving them a tour of the stadium.

All of the children taking part have at least one parent serving in the British Army, many of whom are away on active service.

Louise Fetigan, co-founder of My Daddy is a Soldier Adventures, which organised the day out, said: “They had a great day and by the end of it many were aspiring to be the next Theo Walcott.”

Soldiers can be away from home for up to nine months, with many only getting one 30-minute phone call each week to catch up with their families.

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