Wednesday 17 July 2013
Arsenal have announced a new scheme with Save The Children that will support 4,000 vulnerable young people in Indonesia.
The Gunners, through their Foundation, have committed to donate £300,000 to Save The Children over the next three years to help the young people in Bandung Province in West Java by providing them with vocational education and employment skills and creating stronger links with private sector employers.
Various activities will help the young people improve their teamwork and confidence while the project will also provide training to 150 teachers in the region so that, in turn, they can pass on their knowledge and support young people in the future.
"It's always humbling to see the difference that Arsenal can make to young people's lives"
To launch the scheme, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, chief executive Ivan Gazidis and players Chuks Aneke and Chuba Akpom attended an event in Jakarta before the first-team's match against the Indonesia Dream Team on Sunday.
Young people from the Bandung project joined the chefs at the Skye Bar to learn how to prepare a traditional meal before displaying their skills to the Arsenal party, who were also shown some traditional Indonesian garments made by other members of the group.
The youngsters also attended the match against the Indonesia Dream Team with two given the honour of stepping out on to the pitch to present the referee with the match ball.
"It's always humbling to see the difference that Arsenal can make to young people's lives and today has been no different," Wenger told the club's website. "This project will have a massive impact and it's been great to come to this incredible venue and meet some of the youngsters who are being supported by Save the Children’s work in Indonesia. Hopefully this will inspire them to go on and achieve even greater things."
Arsenal's link with Save The Children goes back to 2011, when it became the club's global charity partner.