The Arsenal Foundation continues the Arsenal Charitable Trust’s legacy by supporting the Club’s many community projects and the global charity partnership with Save the Children.
In April 2012, Arsenal first-team player, Carl Jenkinson, visited a newly refurbished pitch on the Suffolk Estate in Hackney – an area that has been blighted by gangs and anti-social behaviour. Made possible thanks to a donation from The Arsenal Foundation and other partners, the site has been transformed with old metal goals and basketball posts being removed to accommodate new floodlights and a brick wall at the back of the pitch.
Local youngsters, meanwhile, made their mark on the new site by producing bespoke artwork around the sides of the pitch, which will provide a positive focus for an area that has been blighted by gangs and antisocial behaviour.
Upon learning of the work of The Arsenal Foundation, Carl said, “When I came here [to the site], I didn’t realise how good the pitch would be. The surface is fantastic and I think it’s great that it gives kids an opportunity. To come down here today and see where the money is going and the happiness it brings people is great. The Arsenal Foundation is a great idea and for kids to have a place like this where they can play football in a safe environment is fantastic."Copyright 2015 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source