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Pitching in! Tech firm boss’s gift to old primary school

12 May, 2017 — By David McGuinness

Former pupil James Abrahart with pupils and Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus

PUPILS at a Holloway primary school were given a Jurassic treat on Tuesday when they were visited by Gunnersaurus, the Arsenal mascot, at the opening of a new football pitch, writes David McGuinness.

Pakeman Primary School’s new artificial pitch was funded by Arsenal in the Community and Altodigital, a technology company owned by former pupil James Abrahart. “I just offered to help,” Mr Abrahart said. “We got some football kits for the children and then they mentioned they would like help with the field. At the time, I didn’t know Arsenal would be a part of it. I just said we’d help out.

“I’m dyslexic and growing up my fondest memories are of primary school. So I just thought it was nice to give a little bit back to an inner-city school and they’re doing great in terms of education.”

Arsenal in the Community has worked with the Hornsey Road school by providing coaching.

“We do have the Arsenal coaches come in and they contributed to the field, so they wanted to do a nice opening in conjunction with James,” said Gill Dukelow, school business manager.

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