The Arsenal Foundation

Helping children in the UK and abroad

Save the Children is Arsenal Football Club's first ever global charity partner.
The Arsenal Foundation

In 2011, The Arsenal Foundation announced Save the Children as its global charity partner and since then has raised more than £2million for Save the Children’s vital work.

Together we are using the power of football to improve the lives of vulnerable children across the world.

In 2018, Arsenal and Save the Children combined their expertise to create Coaching for Life, an ambitious programme that has been developed over the last 18 months, harnessing almost 100 years of Save the Children's child protection expertise and 33 years of Arsenal in the Community's sports for development experience.

In Iraq, Indonesia, Somalia and Jordan we have delivered football programmes which provide children with a safe space to play, build their confidence, encourage teamwork and give them hope for a better future.

In times of crisis, Arsenal are quick to respond to its global community through Save the Children’s emergency work including the Ebola Outbreak, Philippines Typhoon, Nepal Earthquake, Syria Crisis, Child Refugee Crisis and most recently the East Africa Food Crisis.  

But our partnership goes beyond fundraising. Arsenal have helped spread the word of our annual fundraising events; Christmas Jumper Day and Den Day.

Arsenal have encouraged fans and the public to take part - from former manager Arsène Wenger taking part in a spoof press conference, to star players being revealed as champion den builders. 


Last updated July 2019.

Ray Parlour opens Arsenal Foundation funded football pitches in North Jakarta, Indonesia with Save the Children.

Ray Parlour opens Arsenal Foundation funded football pitches in North Jakarta, Indonesia with Save the Children.


In April 2017 Arsenal legend Ray Parlour officially opened one of three new football pitches in one of the most disadvantaged slum communities in North Jakarta, Indonesia.

Children living in the urban slums of Jakarta face many daily struggles such as poverty, exploitation and neglect. Football is helping to give them back their childhood, as well as educating them on equality and giving them hope for the future.


In March 2016, Arsenal ladies' captain Alex Scott visited an internally displaced people camp in Iraq where she met young girls who had fled war who are now participating in our football programme. Read about her trip.

“Having escaped violence and war with only the clothes on their backs, football is giving them back a childhood and some normality after everything they’ve been through” says Alex Scott.

Christmas Jumper Day

As silliness swept across the nation for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day – Arsène Wenger, Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla called a press conference to let the British public know that they’ll be taking it very seriously. Wenger asked everyone to follow in Arsenal’s footsteps and sign up to Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.

To help raise funds for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, Arsenal’s exclusive festive knits, worn by Bellerin and Cazorla in the spoof video, carried a 20% donation of the RRP. The First team got into the festival spirit too wearing the Arsenal Christmas jumper for their squad shot.


Ahead of Save the Children’s Den Day, Junior Gunners and Arsenal heroes came face-to-face in a den building competition to see whose den was the strongest, most water tight and most “good-looking”.

The ‘Arsenal Heroes’ team made up of Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka took on their ‘Junior Gunner’ counterparts in a tense two-minute race to create their own personalised dens. The final results were then judged by first-team ace Nacho Monreal with the support of Arsenal’s very own Junior Gunner match adjudicator. 

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