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Arsenal go for youth in historic deal

Arsenal Football Club have announced a historic, groundbreaking deal which will see Save The Children as the club's first ever global charity partner.

The Premiership club will work towards a target of helping three million children in the UK and abroad into education programmes by 2013. In the UK, the club will support Save the Children's Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! (ESLP) campaign, which provides essential household items such as children's beds, cookers and books to families in desperate need, and the Families and Schools Together (FAST) campaign.

Speaking about the partnership, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: "We are extremely proud and excited to partner with Save the Children.  We have a tradition on and off the pitch of bringing the best out of young people and know the Arsenal badge can open the door to youngsters who may otherwise not be reached. By working with Save the Children we will provide more young people around the world with the skills and opportunities they need to be the best they can."

Justin Forsyth, the chief executive of Save the Children, added: "We are absolutely thrilled to be joining with Arsenal Football Club on this exciting new partnership. With our combined local and global reach we can make a huge difference to children’s lives in the UK and overseas. Indeed, it seems that everywhere I travel children tell me they support Arsenal! This partnership is built on our common belief that every child is born to fulfill their potential. By working together on education we can help thousands of children do just that."

Matt Morris

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