Arsenal Football Club’s work in the local community has been recognised with the selection of Freddie Hudson, manager of Arsenal in the Community, as a London 2012 Olympic torchbearer.

Freddie has been a key figure in the Club’s development of programmes designed to help thousands of young people from across the local community fulfil their potential. He has been chosen to join more than 7,300 inspirational individuals to carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000-mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on July 27 2012 to signify the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Freddie’s route will take him through the London Borough of Enfield on Wednesday, July 25 as the Torch Relay enters its final stages.

Arsenal Football Club nominated Freddie for the tireless work he has done with young individuals through Arsenal in the Community programmes for more than twenty years.

Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said: “This is a wonderful tribute to Freddie and the whole Arsenal in the Community team. Their collective drive, enthusiasm and passion has inspired young people - many from difficult backgrounds - to become the best they can be.”

Upon receiving the confirmation of his place in the relay, Freddie said: “It’s very humbling to be confirmed as a torchbearer and to be given the chance to join so many other famous faces and inspirational individuals. I will be representing the hundreds of people who have worked with us on projects over the years and hope they share my pride in receiving this recognition.”

Following the nationwide announcement, Sebastian Coe, Chairman of LOCOG said: ‘We hope local communities come out and line the streets to cheer on the torchbearers and celebrate the Olympic Games coming to the UK."

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport added: "The excitement will be increasingly infectious as people all over the UK now start to plan where they are going to go to see the Olympic Flame and cheer on local torchbearers."

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