England Football star Raheem Sterling arranges for 550 Elvin pupils to attend FA Cup Semi-final
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has arranged for 550 pupils from his old school to attend the FA Cup semi-final between his side and Brighton at Wembley on Saturday.
On Thursday 4th April, 10 very excited students & our Head of PE Mr Kunassery had the opportunity to meet the England international at City's training complex in Manchester City Stadium, followed by a tour from the star himself.
Jubil Kunnassery, Head of PE at Ark Elvin Academy: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Manchester City and Raheem Sterling for inviting us to Manchester and taking the time to meet us, answer questions and take pictures.
“All of the students were inspired by his words and we wish Manchester City and Sterling the best of luck for their game against Brighton on Saturday and the rest of the season.”
Raheem Sterling, 24, was raised near Wembley Stadium after moving from Jamaica aged five.
"It is great to be able to give these students the chance to watch a game at Wembley," Sterling said. "I grew up right next door to the stadium and would dream of one day playing in a cup final or even representing my country there.
"This is a great opportunity to give back to the community that helped me get to where I am."
Sterling, who has scored 19 goals for City this season, has made charitable donations in the past. In 2017, he made a "substantial" undisclosed contribution to the fund set up after the Grenfell Tower fire.
Saturday's match will be City's fourth trip to Wembley this season following the Community Shield, the Carabao Cup final and their away game against Tottenham.
Mamadou Diallo, Year 10 student at Ark Elvin Academy: “It was an amazing experience going to Manchester City. Meeting Raheem Sterling and having the opportunity to ask him questions not only inspired but also motivated everyone in the room.
“Raheem is someone that’s just like us and went to the same school. We know that if we work hard and follow our passion, we can do anything we want.
See the pupil's exciting day capture on film: