Save the Children is Arsenal Football Club's first ever global charity partner. Recently, Arsenal ladies' captain Alex Scott visited camps in Iraq where we've teamed up with the club to build safe spaces for children to play football. Read about her trip.
Helping children fulfil their potential
The Arsenal Foundation supports Save the Children's work at home and abroad. Here in the UK, it has supported our Families and Schools Together (FAST) and Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! programmes in Islington, London.
In 2015 Arsenal and Save the Children launched a new project designed to harness the power of football to improve vulnerable children’s lives in Iraq. As part of this initiative, Arsenal has funded two new football pitches in camps for displaced people, providing children with a safe space to play together and build friendships. The project will help 1,000 children and young people in Iraq.
In 2013, the club pledged a further £300,000 towards a new three-year project in Indonesia. This has provided 7,051 vulnerable young people in Bandung Province, West Java, with vocational education and employment skills.
In China, the Arsenal Foundation has helped dramatically improve education in some of Beijing’s most under-resourced schools. This exciting three-year, £300,000 project which launched in 2012 reached 16,685 disadvantaged children aged between six and 15.
Arsenal has also been a crucial supporter of Save the Children’s disaster relief work. The club has made contributions to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal, the East Africa Crisis response, Syria Crisis Appeal and, more recently, our Child Refugee Crisis Appeal where they raised £60,000.
Getting everyone involved
Arsenal's players, staff and supporters have been involved in a range of fundraising events for us.
These have included a dedicated charity match day, the ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner.’ fun-run and the spectacular end-of-season Arsenal Charity Ball attended by Arsène Wenger and the first team.
In 2015, retired footballer Robert Pirès went to Jakarta to support an attempt to set an Indonesian world record for the longest non-stop 11-a-side football match held in the country. To make it even more special, 20 young people aged 16-17 from our Arsenal-funded project were invited to participate.
Pirès said: “In my role as ambassador, it’s been incredible to meet some of the youngsters who are being supported by Save the Children’s work in Indonesia and to see for myself that the project is already having such a positive impact on the lives of these young people here.
"It’s so important that Arsenal supports projects like this. Arsenal is known for giving its young players a chance and I’m proud we have the same philosophy off the pitch, giving young people who just need a chance, an opportunity to thrive.”