Arsenal are hosting an 11-a-side charity tournament at their London Colney training ground on June 6th and you and your mates can compete in the 2015 Arsenal Charity Shield in aid of the Arsenal Foundation.
Adult teams of all standards are invited to register to take part. Individual players and small groups are also welcome to apply to participate, and will be put into a team.
Entrants will have the chance to visit the club’s state-of-the-art training facility, and play football on the same pristine playing surface enjoyed by Arsène Wenger and his players during the season.
A trophy will be presented for the winning team, with prizes for top fundraisers too.
Each team will be required to make a minimum donation of £750 to The Arsenal Foundation to enter a squad of 15 players. Individual players applying to take part without a team are asked to pledge a minimum of £100.
Mirroring the club’s philosophy of giving young players a chance, the Arsenal Foundation is a grant-giving body which works to motivate and inspire young people – often through education and sport – to help them reach their potential and be the best they can be.
You can find more info and register your team by clicking on this link.
One part of the Arsenal Foundation work is to teach young adults (usually during their Gap Year) to be able to go abroad and train youngsters abroad as well as in London. Gappers are trained to coach football and teach English in local schools and projects, before being given the opportunity to apply their new skills to community programmes around the world. Over the past nine years, participants have contributed to projects in 19 different countries. Coaches are currently based in Italy, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, Bahrain, Greece and in destinations across Africa, with more exciting locations planned for 2015/16.
Current Arsenal Gapper Shaun said of his experience: “The Gap Programme gives you a brilliant chance to do something you’re passionate about, it gives you the chance to meet people and see countries that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to. It’s been about so much more than football coaching. It’s about being able to interact with children that wouldn’t otherwise have face-to-face contact with Arsenal and being able to make a positive impact on their lives.”
Applications for the August 2015 intake are open until the end of June. It is expected that places will fill quickly, so aspiring coaches should submit their application forms as soon as possible.
For more information and details on how to apply click here.