Inspirational Arsenal and England legend pays visit to Hitchin school

'All Good Friends and Jolly Good Company' - two Arsenal legends Rachel Yankey and Jo Churchman are r

'All Good Friends and Jolly Good Company' - two Arsenal legends Rachel Yankey and Jo Churchman are reunited at the Priory School in Hitchin. - Credit: Archant

A former Arsenal and England playing legend visited a Hitchin school to inspire its pupils.

Errin Davie and Rachel Yankey at the Priory.

Errin Davie and Rachel Yankey at the Priory. - Credit: Archant

Arsenal Ladies star Rachel Yankey who has played for the North London giants for more than a decade in two spells, paid a trip to the Priory School, Bedford Road, this month to present trophies at the school’s sports awards.

Yankey, who won 129 caps for England, was a 2012 London Olympian, and clinched an incredible seven Women’s National Premier League titles during her star-studded career, was praised by the school for her visit.

PE teacher Sally Emler said: “We feel incredibly lucky to have had Rachel at our sports awards.

“Our students work so hard during training and at school, it has been great for them to have meet someone who has achieved to such a high level.

Harry Emler and Rachel Yankey

Harry Emler and Rachel Yankey - Credit: Archant


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Rachel also gave a key note motivational speech and handed out various awards before giving up her time at the end to have photographs taken with the pupils.

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Year 13, Errin Davie, an A level PE student at the school was one of the delighted teens who met her. She added: “It was an absolute honour to meet an England legend at The Priory School Sports Awards”.

Rachel also caught up with former Arsenal teammate Jo Churchman, who works in the PE department at the school.

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