Residents on the Rowley Way Estate in Camden were treated to a visit from Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs on Thursday, when the left-back visited a newly refurbished pitch, made possible thanks to a grant from The Arsenal Foundation.
The Club's grant-giving charity, which provides support for a range of education and sport projects in the UK and overseas, made a donation last year together with the Camden District Management Committee (DMC), Tenants and Residents Association and National Grid. This was to help regenerate the estate's old concrete court into a modern 3G astroturfed site complete with floodlights.
During the visit, Gibbs met some of the young people that are set to benefit from the new state-of-the-art site, which will provide a safe place for children from the estate and surrounding area to play football all year round.
Speaking about the site, the defender, who along with rest of the first team squad donated a day's wages to The Arsenal Foundation in December, said: “It's great to come down to projects like this and see the impact that The Arsenal Foundation is having in the local community.
"We were all more than happy to give a day's wages last year so it's nice to be able to see where that money is going and meet some of the kids that will use the facility. The new pitch here is absolutely fantastic.”
To mark the visit, The Arsenal Foundation has also announced the launch of The Gunners Fund - a charitable commitment of £50,000 per year that will be used to increase the impact of the Foundation's work by offering a number of smaller grants to projects and good causes in the local boroughs of Islington, Camden and Hackney.
Alan Sefton, Head of Arsenal in the Community and a trustee of The Arsenal Foundation, said: “Arsenal in the Community has been working in the local area for more than a quarter of a century and while we've been able to make a big impact during that time, there's always more projects and good causes that need support.
"The Gunners Fund will enable us to increase our commitment towards the community and provide even more worthy initiatives in local boroughs with the assistance that they need.”