Arsenal Football Club and their global charity partner Save the Children: helping children in the UK and overseas get a better start in life and giving them the chance to fulfil their potential through education projects.
The Arsenal Foundation
In 2012, Arsenal launched the Arsenal Foundation, through which the club supports a range of Save the Children’s education work both domestically and internationally.
Overseas, the Arsenal Foundation is funding an exciting three year project in China; helping to dramatically improve the quality of education of at least 15,000 disadvantaged children aged 6 to 15, in some of Beijing’s most under-resourced schools.
To highlight the club’s commitment to the charity, a further £300,000 was pledged in 2013 towards a new three-year project 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.
Arsenal announced Save the Children would be the club’s first ever global charity partner in July 2011.
In the first year, the partnership has benefitted from a range of exciting events and activities continuing the club’s long tradition of charitable support to engage players, staff and supporters.
In July 2012, two Arsenal players, Abou Diaby and Johan Djourou, visited one of the Beijing schools which will benefit from the Save the Children project supported by the Club, meeting children and teachers and even showing them some footballing skills.
Supporting key Arsenal events
Save the Children have offered professional expertise to support Arsenal’s impressive range of established fundraising events.
Over the course of the partnership, we have supported the club’s events, ranging from a dedicated charity match day in November and the "Be a Gunner. Be a Runner." fun-run, to the spectacular Arsenal Charity Ball attended by Arsène Wenger and the Arsenal first team at the end of the season.
Helping children to fulfil their potential
Arsenal Football Club announced Save the Children would be the Club’s first ever global charity partner in July 2011. The partnership continues the Club’s long tradition of charitable support, enabling them to reach more children both in the UK and overseas through a range of education projects.
“Our partnership with Save the Children will help us reach even more young people globally and give them a chance to realise their potential - a philosophy to which we are committed to both on and off the pitch at Arsenal.
“Over the past 12 months players, supporters and staff have shown outstanding dedication and generosity towards our partnership with Save the Children and it’s fantastic that we can channel this commitment to our projects both in the UK and overseas that will have such a positive impact on so many lives.”
- Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s chief executive
Arsenal Gap Programme
The Arsenal Gap Programme is an exciting opportunity to get involved with Arsenal community projects both in the UK and overseas. For more information, please visit the Arsenal website.
For further information on how Arsenal Football Club is helping Save the Children give children a better chance in life, visit: www.arsenal.com/thearsenalfoundation/save-the-children.