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Cech drums up support for Nordoff Robbins

5 May 2017
Petr Cech - Nordoff Robbins visit

Arsenal goalkeeper tests room at new London facility for music therapy charity

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech put his drumming skills to good use as he visited the music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, and took a look at their newly refurbished centre.

The Arsenal Foundation have its own music therapy room at the facility in London, which is the only purpose-built one in the country.

The centre will officially open later this month, welcoming hundreds of young people who face a variety of challenges.

Children on the autistic spectrum often say their first words in music therapy sessions, while those suffering from neurological disorders develop their motor skills by playing an instrument.

Last year, Nordoff Robbins supported nearly 7,000 people in their own centres as well as in schools, care homes, hospitals and hospices across the country.

Music also gives young people with learning difficulties an opportunity to express themselves and interact with others.

Cech is a renowned drummer, posting videos of himself playing, and he got the chance to test the acoustics.

“I’m so impressed with the facility, but what’s so special is the work that’s done here with people facing unimaginable challenges in their lives,” he said. 

Petr Cech Nordoff Robbins
Petr Cech tries out a drum with another visitor to the Nordoff Robbins centre

“The music therapy sessions seem to offer a connection with the outside world for vulnerable people who can struggle with daily life. It offers a window of enjoyment."

Jo Carter, Nordoff Robbins’ director of marketing, fundraising and communications, welcomed the visit of Cech.

“For our beneficiaries, our supporters and our team, Arsenal’s backing, enthusiasm and contributions are invaluable,” Carter said.

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