Arsenal’s Premier League 3-1 win over Birmingham City this Saturday was the Club’s dedicated ‘Arsenal For Everyone’ matchday, celebrating and embracing diversity and equality we have at the Club, and also within the local and global Arsenal community.
Arsenal For Everyone was launched successfully three seasons ago, and exists as part of Arsenal’s work in conjunction with Kick It Out - football’s anti-racism campaign – and the Equality Standard.
To celebrate the initiative’s dedicated matchday, we had the following take place within the Stadium on the day for supporters:
- The team warmed-up in Arsenal For Everyone t-shirts to show their support for the initiative, joined by our Ball Boys & Girls and of course, Gunnersaurus!
- The perimeter boards displayed ‘Arsenal For Everyone’ in 12 different languages today all spoken by our first team squad, both pre-match and during half-time.
- A dedicated ‘Arsenal For Everyone’ flag was positioned on the pitch for the team’s entrance onto the pitch for kick-off.
- A banner was positioned on the upper tier facia displaying all of our first team squad’s national flags. The banner will remain on display for the foreseeable future.
- Special announcements were made to supporters in the stadium pre-match and half-time to make everyone aware of the special day.
- The Manager and backroom staff wore ‘Arsenal For Everyone’ badges to show their continued support for the initiative.
- The matchday programme sported a bespoke front cover showing a diverse group of Arsenal fans enjoying the football at Emirates Stadium.
- Ticket competitions ran in local publications to promote the match.
- Tickets were given to local community groups.
Our Arsenal For Everyone matchday falls in Kick It Out’s Weeks of Action 2008, a 12 day period from 15-27 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 20 Oct 2009