Players and fans back Arsenal Foundation

Arsenal Football Club dedicated its Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to The Arsenal Foundation, as players and supporters joined forces to help support the Club’s charitable arm.
As part of the day, the first-team squad donated a day’s wages, while a host of other fundraising initiatives took place in and around Emirates Stadium, giving supporters the chance to make a contribution to the Club’s charity that supports a range of education projects in the UK and overseas that aim to transform young people’s lives.
Volunteers from Save the Children and Arsenal in the Community were out in force before kick-off, taking part in bucket collections and selling raffle tickets around the lower concourses.
Elsewhere, 50p from every matchday programme sold was donated to The Arsenal Foundation, while Arsenal bar scarves were snapped up in official Club retail outlets, with £2 from every sale helping the overall fundraising cause.
Before the game, Arsenal players warmed up on the pitch in Arsenal Foundation T-shirts to highlight their support for the Club’s charitable efforts.
Speaking about the matchday, Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen said: "The Club does a good job in giving something back to the local and wider community every year. As players we’re pleased to support that by donating a day’s wages and we all feel a sense of responsibility towards people less fortunate than we are.”
To celebrate the matchday, a number of key supporters and beneficiaries of The Arsenal Foundation, including representatives from Save the Children and other Arsenal in the Community projects, were invited to Emirates Stadium as special guests and took part in a pre-match pitchside collection with Club mascot Gunnersaurus, before enjoying the live action.
Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children said: “We’re thrilled to once again be benefiting from Arsenal Football Club’s dedicated matchday and the generosity of players, staff and supporters.

"The Arsenal Foundation is helping us to transform children’s lives in the UK and overseas by funding education projects, as well as using the Club’s global profile to raise awareness of our work. Our ongoing partnership will ensure that more children receive a better start in life and the chance to fulfil their potential.”
The total fundraising amount raised from the dedicated matchday will be announced later this week.
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10 Dec 2012