Arsenal Football Club is dedicating its Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion this Saturday, December 8 (kick-off 3pm), to The Arsenal Foundation, the Club’s charitable arm aimed at transforming young people’s lives.
As part of the day, the first-team squad and Arsène Wenger will generously donate a day’s wages to The Arsenal Foundation, which supports a range of education and sport initiatives in the UK and overseas.
Supporters will also be able to get involved in a range of other fundraising activities on the day, such as donating to bucket collections or getting involved in a special matchday raffle, with prizes including a signed Arsenal shirt and a pair of tickets to see Muse live in concert at Emirates Stadium in May 2013.
Fifty pence from the sale of every matchday programme will also be donated to The Arsenal Foundation, while supporters can beat the cold and do their bit for charity at the same time by purchasing an Arsenal bar scarf from Club stores at Emirates Stadium - £2 from every sale on Saturday will be added to the overall fundraising cause.
All money raised from the dedicated matchday will enable The Arsenal Foundation to continue supporting a variety of projects, including those of the Club’s global charity partner, Save the Children.
A donation of £70,000 has already seen Save the Children deliver its Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! (ESLP!) and Families and Schools Together (FAST) programmes for the first time in Islington, improving the wellbeing of over 100 families in the local area.
In addition, 15,000 children attending some of Beijing’s most disadvantaged schools are benefiting from a £300,000 donation over three years to Save the Children to improve the quality of their education.
Arsenal in the Community, which engages more than 2,000 young people through its projects every week, has also benefited with donations towards many of its long-running programmes, as well as funding for local schools and the upgrade and refurbishment of local sports pitches in neighbouring boroughs.
Elsewhere, a donation to the Freedom from Torture Organisation has enabled Arsenal in the Community to deliver English as a Foreign Language sessions for individuals arriving in the UK that have been subjected to torture and other forms of organised violence.
To celebrate the matchday, some of The Arsenal Foundation’s key supporters and beneficiaries will be invited to the game to take part in a pitchside collection pre-match, before enjoying the live action.
Arsenal chief executive and trustee of The Arsenal Foundation, Ivan Gazidis said: “Community has always been at the heart of Arsenal Football Club, right back to our earliest days when matchday programme cards were sold for a penny to raise money for Homes for Working Boys in Beresford Street, Woolwich.
"The Arsenal Foundation was launched to enable us to continue our long legacy of work in this area and support even more good causes, not only here in north London but also internationally. I hope all supporters take the opportunity to get behind the dedicated matchday this Saturday and help to make the day a huge success.”
For more information visit www.arsenal.com/thearsenalfoundation.
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