Ladies Arsenal Star Inspires Children in Braintree to Get Active


On Wednesday 2nd December, Arsenal Ladies and England under 20s footballer Carla Humphrey visited Beckers Green School in Braintree to kick start their North Pole Golden Mile journey.

The Golden Mile is a national initiative aimed at getting primary schools doing regularly physical activity within the safety of the school grounds. To give you an idea of the impact The Golden Mile is having in schools across the nation, in the last academic year alone, children completed 169,000 miles- that’s halfway to the moon!

On the day, Carla hosted an inspirational school assembly, focusing on the importance of being fit, having fun and staying active. She then joined in with the children as they walked, jogged and ran their way through their daily Golden Miles.

The talented 18 year old midfielder joined Arsenal in 2006 and has already had plenty of career highlights, winning the Under-17s League and scoring a hat-trick in the final to help her side lift the FA Youth Cup. Carla has also exhibited her creativity at international level, representing England Under-15s, Under-17s and England Under-19s, scoring her first goal for her country in 2012.

Carla commented: “I am very excited to meet the students at Beckers Green and join in as they complete their Golden Miles. I understand the importance of keeping fit and am very passionate about getting children active and healthy. By taking part in the Golden Mile children get fit and have lots of fun.”

Sue Brown, PE Co-Ordinator at Beckers Green Primary School commented: "We are very excited for Carla to visit the school. The students will be wearing their football kit to school that day and making a small donation to go to Addenbrookes Hospital as Lindsey Cowell (our LSA that runs football club at lunchtimes) suffered from an illness that left her paralysed.  It will be 10 years in Feb 2016 that she was told she would never walk again.  She loves her football and proved all the doctors wrong and now plays football for Silver End.  She wanted to do something that combined football and walking and this seemed perfect!”