Arsenal Football Club’s award-winning Double Club Languages programme picked up another accolade recently when The Chartered Institute of Linguists awarded the 2012 Threlford Memorial Cup to the Club’s pioneering community initiative.

The Double Club programme began back in 1998 and uses Arsenal and football-related resources to motivate pupils in local schools by linking the National Curriculum with practical football sessions.

Members of the Threlford Memorial Committee were unanimous in their decision and praised both the creative approach of the Double Club and the standard of the written nomination. Ultimately, the award was given for the Double Club’s work in tackling sector segregation and gender imbalance in language study across a wide range of languages in a unique and enjoyable manner.

The award, given for ‘fostering the study of languages’, attracted a record number of very good entries and the judging committee were pleased to see evidence of some inspiring initiatives being undertaken by both organisations and individuals.

The glittering prizegiving ceremony took place in central London and also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Institute’s Journal, The Linguist.

CIOL president Dr Nick Bowen hosted the event alongside Royal Patron Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, who presented Arsenal in the Community representatives Steve Eadon and Samir Singh with the award.

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