We recently hosted tailored Arsenal for Everyone workshops for local schools as part of Inter Faith Week.
These events, led by Arsenal in the Community staff, took place at both Emirates Stadium and London Colney and formed part of the UK-wide Inter Faith Week initiative.
For the two-day event at Emirates Stadium we brought together Year 11 pupils from Hasmonean Jewish School with East Barnet School pupils from other faith backgrounds.
This event started at the Hub where mixed groups of pupils worked together to research and plan presentations about different religious festivals, before playing a football match together.
They were then joined by primary school pupils from Danegrove and Rosh Pinner schools on day two, to whom they delivered their presentations about different religious festivals.
All the pupils then enjoyed a free tour of Emirates Stadium together.
“It was a brilliant opportunity for these students,” commented East Barnet School teacher, Jay Idrees.
“The event allowed them to better understand the importance of tolerance, respect and understanding between religions.
“We should be doing all that we can to tackle these sorts of stereotypes and misunderstandings – hopefully this opportunity will go some way towards doing that.”
The interfaith event at London Colney followed a similar format, with secondary pupils from St Mary Magdalene School in Islington, Brondesbury Islamic School and Immanuel Jewish school acting as ambassadors to teach primary school pupils from Hertsmere borough schools.
At Arsenal, we’re proud of the diversity within our team and amongst our supporters. Through our Arsenal for Everyone campaign we want to ensure that everyone associated with the club feels an equal sense of belonging.
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