Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation fighting for the rights of children worldwide. It has been implementing projects in China since the late 1980s and plays a crucial role in defending the rights of vulnerable children across the country through programmes in education, health, emergency response and child protection.
Since 2011, Save the Children has been Arsenal Football Club’s global charity partner.
With projects both in Islington and overseas, the Club is helping the charity in its efforts to give more young people a chance to become the best they can be.
Domestically, The Arsenal Foundation has donated £70,000 to support the delivery of Save the Children’s 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.
Duncombe Primary School and St. Mark's Primary School embarked on the eight-week FAST programme last year - an initiative that enables parents to develop the skills and confidence they need to better support and take a more active role in their children's education, while playing a greater role in their community.
Each week, families took part in practical and fun activities, designed to improve children's wellbeing and help develop their relationships. Members of Arsenal staff have also been given the opportunity to visit the schools and experience FAST first-hand.
In 2012 to coincide with the Club’s pre-season visit to Asia, The Arsenal Foundation pledged a donation of £300,000 to Save the Children over three years, to support an education project in China, committing to help improve the quality of education of disadvantaged children aged six to 15, in some of Beijing’s most under-resourced schools.
Together, Arsenal and Save the Children will train 200 teachers and 20 head teachers so that they have the skills to plan and deliver enjoyable and age-appropriate lessons for students in China’s curriculum. This will reduce the chances of more than 15,000 children dropping out of school and the risk of being excluded from future opportunities in later life – giving more young people the chance to fulfil their potential.
To highlight the Club’s commitment to the charity, a further £300,000 was pledged in 2013 towards a new three-year partnership in Indonesia, which will help directly support 4,000 vulnerable young people in Bandung Province, West Java by providing them with enhanced vocational education and employment skills.
In addition, Arsenal has been a crucial supporter of Save the Children’s disaster relief work, making contributions to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami appeal, the East Africa Crisis response and more recently the crisis affecting children in Syria.