Arsenal's Premier League fixture against Everton is the Club's dedicated ‘Arsenal For Everyone' matchday, celebrating the diversity we have at the Club, and also within the local and global Arsenal community.
Arsenal For Everyone was launched successfully last season, and exists as part of Arsenal's work towards achieving the intermediate level of the ‘Racial Equality Standard' this season in conjunction with Kick It Out.
To celebrate the initiative's dedicated matchday, we have the following taking place within the Stadium on the day for supporters to look out for:
- The team will be warming-up in Arsenal For Everyone t-shirts, of which supporters can win one of them signed by a member of the squad post-match as part of the programme's Numbers Game competition that takes place at half-time of every home game.
- There are special flag-wavers who will do a lap of the pitch pre-match made up of Junior Gunners, Ball Boys and pupils of St. Jude and St. Paul's primary school.
- The perimeter boards will show ‘Arsenal For Everyone' in 9 different languages today, both pre-match and during half-time.
- At half-time there will be a special performance on the big-screens from the choir of St. Jude and St. Paul's Primary School located in Newington Green, Islington. The pupils have recorded an exclusive Arsenal For Everyone song and were filmed earlier this month by our Club cameraman. Written by the pupils and school teachers, the lyrics are:
Black, white or any other race,
It doesn't matter who you are,
Arsenal's from every place,
In our eyes, we're all the same.
It doesn't matter if you're old or young,
Follow different faiths - let's join as one,
We are all the same when all's said and done,
Come on everyone, be clever.
We all have hearts, there's no doubt
Come on everybody - let's all shout
We must all unite and play the game
Arsenal for everyone!
Our Arsenal For Everyone matchday falls in Kick It Out's Weeks of Action 2008, a 12 day period from 16-28 October, which will see 1000 events take place across the country. All 92 professional clubs, as well as conference and non-league clubs will hold activities to support the initiative, not to mention scores of schools, universities and community and youth centres, all of whom will be getting involved.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 17 Oct 2008