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Soccer stars turn out for charity event

PUBLISHED: 16:54 11 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:17 25 August 2010

FOOTBALLERS helped university students raise more than £4,000 for charity in a six-a-side knock out competition at the Arsenal Football Club training ground.

FOOTBALLERS helped university students raise more than £4,000 for charity in a six-a-side knock out competition at the Arsenal Football Club training ground.

Greenwich University students organised the playoff between six teams at the St Albans ground in front of an audience that included former Gunners Bob Wilson and Ray Parlour.

They set themselves the challenge of raising funds for the Willow Foundation as part of their Events Management degree.

Current club heroes Theo Walcott, Manuel Almunia and Tomas Rosicky also made a surprise appearance to the tournament on February 15, to check out the talent and support the fundraising footballers.

Tournament winners Tonbridge Reunion walked away with the top prize of tickets to see England take on Slovakia at Wembley Stadium.

The funds will help the Hertfordshire-based charity, founded by Bob Wilson and his wife Megs in memory of their daughter Anna, provide many more special days for seriously ill 16 to 40-year-olds.

An auction of exclusive signed shirts and a raffle, as well as entry fees, raised a total of £4,314.

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