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Club joins national safeguarding campaign

The Premier League and its clubs - including Arsenal - are joining The FA and other football stakeholders in a national safeguarding campaign.

The Play Safe campaign has been developed to raise awareness of how everyone can play their part in ensuring that football is a safe space for all.

The campaign aims to make parents and guardians, as well as staff at all levels of the game, aware of how they can help protect the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk.

It also provides children and young people with an understanding of the support available to them should they require it.

“Safeguarding is always at the heart of everything we do here at Arsenal Football Club, and that is why we are proud to be supporting the Play Safe campaign. Everyone at Arsenal plays their part, and we are committed to working together to create positive experiences where children, young people and adults at risk feel safe, valued and empowered,” said Adam Brown, head of safeguarding at Arsenal.

The FA has produced three videos to help enhance people’s knowledge of how to report anything they think puts children and young people at risk.

The videos demonstrate the importance of making sure young people who might be worried or feeling unsafe know to speak to an adult they trust such as a parent, teacher, coach, safeguarding or welfare officer.

Parents and carers are encouraged to check in regularly with their child/ren, to ensure that they know how to report a concern and that they are also aware of safeguarding measures and expected behaviours at clubs or by adults working with children and young people.

Safeguarding is a key aspect of the work the League, clubs and their community organisations deliver which extends beyond the pitch and sees them work collaboratively to create positive experiences where children and young people feel safe, valued and empowered.

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'You need to give something special to people'

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal sides were often referred to as 'the great entertainers' during his time in charge of the club.

For our former manager, that was mission accomplished as he remains convinced that it is a core part of any successful team.

"We are in entertainment," he says in Arsenal Wenger: Invincible. 

"The ground work is to win, but that is not enough. You need the ambition to give more. To go deeper into what the game can give people. To get something more than just the individual expression of the player, but the collective expression of the team: to transform it into art.

"You can say it's naive, but you need to give something special to people to get them out of their hard daily life.

"I just wanted them to sit in their seat and think, 'Unbelievable!'"

Arsene Wenger: Invincible is out today on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

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