About two weeks ago, Nike Malaysia announced the official kick-off of their “Gunners Interschool KL Challenge“. A total of 20 schools within the Klang Valley pitted against each other via Nike’s training and conditioning system, “Nike SPARQ“, in hopes of winning a day with the Gunners that they’re sure to remember for the rest of their lives.
SMK Seksyen 11 in Shah Alam emerged as winners after getting the highest average score and by completing the most “Make It Count” missions based on Nike SPARQ (the same system that is used by some of the best football clubs in the world including the Gunners aka Arsenal FC).
But the kids, well, they didn’t know what they were going to be in for yesterday noon.
Gathered under the pretext of a “special assembly” in their school hall, the students of SMK Seksyen 11, clearly unaware of what was coming their way, were left starstruck and surprised when six Gunners waltzed into their school for a surprise visit.
Rest assured, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Andre Santos, Wojciech Szczesny, Ryo Miyaichi, and Kieran Gibbs were greeted with an eruption of joy and loud, thunderous claps when they appeared on stage.
The Arsenal players then took in questions from the students as they asked just about everything that they wanted to find out about their favourite heroes in the exclusive session
Of course, as awesome as the Gunners are, they did not disappoint as they candidly shared some of their experiences and insights to living life as a world-class footballer.
SMK Seksyen 11 was also presented with a mock cheque of RM5,000 worth of Nike products, and a memento from Nike and the Arsenal players in the form of a signed sculpture of the Arsenal cannon to commemorate the occasion. For the students and the young aspiring footballers, it was truly an experience of a lifetime.
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Arsenal FC will be playing a Malaysia XI at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium TONIGHT (24th July 2012) at 9:45pm.