The Arsenal Foundation raised a total of £250,250 in its December 2015 dedicated charity matchday, which saw it win 2-1 against Manchester City.
The funds will help the Gunners continue their support of a range of education and sport projects that help young people both in the UK and overseas. Through the Gunners Fund as well as by working with organisations that also support young people, The Arsenal Foundation will award grants to a range of projects in north London and further afield.
In 2015, its projects included the funding and construction of two football pitches in refugee camps in Iraq for displaced Iraqis with partner Save the Children. This year the club hopes to visit the camp with coaches.
The Arsenal Foundation will also continue its relationship with Bob Wilson’s charity, Willow, which organises special days for young adults with serious illnesses.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, who donated a day’s wages as part of the matchday event, said:
“We all love Arsenal and we are very proud to have that power of influencing people’s lives in a positive way. For me and for all the players, all the staff and everybody involved at Arsenal, the charity matchday is always a special day.”
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