FA Cup goes on tour of club initiatives

Arsenal in the Community has taken the FA Cup on a tour of local club projects over the last fortnight, with hundreds of youngsters getting their hands on the trophy.

The cup was taken to a number of schools involved in the Arsenal Double Club, an initiative which uses football and Arsenal based resources to help engage children with literacy, numeracy and language learning. It was also centre stage at an Arsenal Double Club World Cup at Emirates Stadium, when 85 students from around the country took part in a series of language challenges.

Arsenal Kicks projects, a social inclusion programme which uses football to engage young people at local pitches and estates, also received special visits from the cup.

The FA Cup tour was concluded on Tuesday with a trip to Torriano Junior school, for the official opening of its new 3G pitch. The new surface was laid with the support of the Arsenal Foundation.

Head of Arsenal in the Community Alan Sefton said: “It was great to have the chance to get out in the local area with the FA Cup, to share some of the excitement of our win with the young people we work with. We have found time and again that football is capable of inspiring the participants of our schemes, and visits like these can do a great deal of good."

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