Former Arsenal starts and TV’s Ralph Little turn out for charity match to honour school refurb

Former Arsenal players and celebrities line up for charity game

Former Arsenal players and celebrities line up for charity game - Credit: Archant

Former Arsenal stars and celebrities showcased their skills for schoolchildren in a charity football match.

The likes of ex-Gunners Jimmy Carter and Royle Family actor Ralph Little took on the cream of the Islington Arts and Media School teaching staff last week. The star-studded team proved too good for the teachers who lost 3-1.

Daniel Smith, assistant headteacher at IAMS, said: “It was a really great day, we had a fantastic time and even managed to get on the score sheet thanks to a goal from our head of PE. We ended up raising £1,800 with money going to Caris Islington, Finsbury Park Homeless Families Project and Children’s Hope Foundation.”

The game was held to mark the completion of the school’s recent refurbishment under the Building Schools for the Future programme and was one of many events to celebrate the school’s transformation.

The multi-million pound redevelopment includes a brand new theatre and reception area plus kitchen and dining facilities and new and improved buildings.

The school’s Victorian block has also undergone a complete refurbishment.

Diana Osagie, headteacher of IAMS, said: “The new facilities are a reflection of the phenomenal staff and pupils here are Islington Arts and Media School.”