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Nine year-old Nor-Anne from Islington found herself the envy of young Arsenal supporters everywhere after enjoying a special moment ahead of the Gunners’ Emirates Cup clash with New York Red Bulls last weekend.
To coincide with the announcement of Save the Children as Arsenal’s official global charity partner, Nor-Anne, who has been supported by the charity’s work in the UK, was given the honour of stepping out on to the hallowed Emirates Stadium turf to hand over the match ball to referee Kevin Friend before kick-off. Following her special moment, Nor-Anne, a keen Arsenal fan, was able to enjoy the action with her mother and two younger siblings.
Arsenal will work with Save the Children on a number of education projects in the UK and overseas, helping children get a better start in life and giving them a chance to grow and fulfil their potential. Through this work, the Club will help Save the Children towards its vision of transforming the lives of over three million children a year through education by 2013.
Save the Children’s Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme, which Nor-Anne and her family have been supported by, is one of the projects that Arsenal will support during the partnership. FAST helps increase parents’ engagement in their children’s education by encouraging them to perform everyday tasks and develop their skills together.
In addition to FAST, Arsenal will also support Save the Children’s Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! (ESLP) initiative, a programme that assists children living in the most desperate need by providing household essentials like a child's bed, a family cooker or educational books and toys.
The partnership will support Arsenal’s drive to build its name around the world. Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis said: “We are extremely proud and excited to partner with Save the Children. We have a tradition on and off the pitch of bringing the best out of young people and know the Arsenal badge can open the door to youngsters who may otherwise not be reached. By working with Save the Children we will provide more young people around the world with the skills and opportunities they need to be the best they can.”
Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children added: "We are absolutely thrilled to be joining with Arsenal Football Club on this exciting new partnership. With our combined local and global reach we can make a huge difference to children’s lives in the UK and overseas. Indeed, it seems that everywhere I travel children tell me they support Arsenal! This partnership is built on our common belief that every child is born to fulfil their potential. By working together on education we can help thousands of children do just that."
Throughout the partnership, familiar fundraising activities such as the Club’s dedicated Matchday and ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’ will return alongside additional activities supporting community work in the UK and overseas. The Club will also continue to back Save the Children’s disaster relief work, having made donations to the Japan Appeal and more recently, the charity’s East Africa Appeal to support thousands of children facing starvation.