A YEAR IN THE LIFE: ARSENAL IN THE COMMUNITY DURING 2007

JANUARY: ARSENAL DOUBLE CLUB GOES NATIONWIDE
Arsenal Double Club is our award- winning literacy, numeracy and football programme for schools. In 2006 Double Clubs were established in secondary schools close to Portsmouth, Ipswich Town, West Bromwich Albion, Oldham Athletic and Middlesbrough Football Clubs as well as Northampton Cricket and Rugby Union Clubs and Leeds Hunslet Hawks Rugby League Club. Last year, we helped set up Double Clubs at Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Norwich City, Southend United and Watford Football Clubs as well as at Leicester Tigers Rugby Union Club and Surrey County Cricket Club at The Oval. For more information on Arsenal Double Club contact scohen@arsenal.co.uk.

FEBRUARY: THE WORLD ON OUR DOORSTEP - NATIONALITY WEEK
This was a weeklong project for Islington schools celebrating the diverse cultures and nationalities that make up our local borough. Community staff delivered assemblies and teaching resources in schools that highlighted and compared the changing face of Arsenal Football Club and the local community over the last 15 years. Pupils were also asked to design their own player cards and the winners were invited to Emirates Stadium for a special presentation.

MARCH: ARSENAL ANNOUNCE KICKZ SESSIONS IN ARCHWAYr
Arsenal in the Community's coaches hold football sessions four nights a week as part of the national programme at Elthorne Park. The sessions are free, aimed at local young people. We have also teamed up with Islington Boxing Club in Archway to add boxing to the programme. Arsenal Kickz has since expanded to deliver sessions at Rosemary Gardens in Islington and Cantelowes Park and Queen's Crescent in Camden. For more information about all Arsenal Kickz football sessions, call the Community Department on 020 7704 4140.

APRIL: EASTER SOCCER SCHOOL PLAYER VISITS
Partners & Sponsors Pictured are the lucky children on Easter Soccer Schools who met some of the first team. For more information about Soccer Schools in and around north London during the next half term and during the Easter holidays please keep checking www.arsenal.com/soccerschools or call 020 7704 4140 for credit card bookings. Application forms for the residential soccer school from April 7 -9, 2008 are also available online.

MAY ARSENAL DOUBLE CLUB LAUNCHES LANGUAGES MODULES
Arsène Wenger was the guest of honour at the launch of our French, German and Spanish modules for secondary schools. Also in attendance were the ambassadors to the UK of the three countries as well as many language teachers and school children who had taken part in the project. Our language resources for schools include a DVD of Gael Clichy, Jens Lehmann and Cesc Fabregas speaking in their native languages at a basic level. We have since added a German module for primary schools.
For more information about our Double Club modern foreign languages modules, contact ssingh@arsenal.co.uk

JUNE: ARSENAL HOST DEAF FOOTBALL FESTIVAL
he National Deaf Children's Society held a football festival at the Academy Training Ground at Hale End. The Department and St. John's Deaf Football Club will hold regular sessions on Sunday mornings from January 13, 2008 for deaf and hard of hearing children at Rosemary Gardens. The Department will also continue to run monthly Mencap and visually-impaired sessions at the Sobell Centre on Sunday mornings.
For more information on all our disability football sessions, email jmonteith@arsenal.co.uk

JULY: SING ARSENAL AND INDOOR BOWLS
Nearly 100 local Islington people were invited to an event under the famous Arsenal clock on the podium as part of the Sing London festival. The local community were led by broadcaster Tom Watt through a medley of Arsenal songs both old and new. Indoor bowls for the local community, which used to take place in the JVC Sports Hall at Highbury, made a return to Emirates Stadium during the Summer in Club Level!

AUGUST: SUMMER SOCCER SCHOOLS AND RESIDENTIAL SOCCER SCHOOLS
Daily Soccer Schools took place at Southbury Leisure Centre (120 children over two courses), Martins School in East Finchley (76 children), Haverstock School in Camden (55 children) and Aldenham School in Elstree (106 children). There were also three residential soccer schools, two at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire and another at Sparsholt College in Winchester. Over 350 children attended the residential courses alone! Overall, over 700 children attended our soccer schools during the six week holiday period!
For more information about residential Soccer Schools next summer please see www.arsenal.com/soccerschools. You can download an application form from the website or call the Community Department on 020 7704 4140 for more information and credit card bookings.

SEPTEMBER: ARSENAL TRAINEE PROGRAMMES START
We have three trainee programmes: The Gap Year programme, The City and Westminster College two- year course and the Springboard Islington traineeship. All programmes offer the chance to get coaching badges, other qualifications and experience coaching in schools and clubs in north London. For more information on the various schemes, call the Community Department on 020 7704 4140

OCTOBER: RESIDENTIAL SOCCER SCHOOLS OCTOBER:BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND THE "KICK IT OUT" WEEK OF ACTION
The Community Department produced a DVD for 40 Islington schools featuring Brendon Batson and Paul Davis speaking about their time in the game for Black History Month 2007. For the Kick Racism out of Football week, Arsenal Positive Futures (the Club's estates programme) and our partners, Access2Sport, held a tournament for local teams as part of the week of action. The tournament at Market Road was for local teams and was sponsored by Homes for Islington. An Arsenal Positive Futures team also took part in a tournament at Faversham Town in Kent which we won!

NOVEMBER: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER SCHOOLS START IN FRANCE
Arsenal Soccer Schools have partner organisations in 15 countries worldwide and 15 regions of the United Kingdom. In November, we launched our latest Soccer School in Toulouse, France. If you live in another part of the UK or overseas, visit www.arsenal.com/soccerschools to find out about Arsenal Soccer School partners near you.

DECEMBER: ARSENE WENGER OPENS NEW ASTROTURF IN ISLINGTON
The Boss opened a new artificial pitch facility at Rosemary Gardens as part of the Barclays Spaces for Sport initiative. The new pitch is used by a number of the Community Department's schemes and is located two miles from Emirates Stadium near Essex Road, N1. We will be running a Soccer School at Rosemary Gardens in the new year and for more information call the Community Department on 020 7704 4140.

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