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Community Coaches meet Arsenal heroes

Community Coaches meet Arsenal Heroes

Date published: 22/11/2013
Community Volunteers with Arsene Wenger and Mikel Arteta

Barclays says Thank You to community volunteers

It was a day out to remember for a group of community coaches as they were invited to meet Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Mikel Arteta on Thursday (21 November), as Barclays, the title sponsor of the Barclays Premier League, acknowledged volunteers for their commitment to the local community.

The group, made up of volunteers from the Islington Football Development Partnership and Arsenal in the Community, had the privilege of meeting Wenger and Arteta at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground to quiz them on life in the Barclays Premier League in an exclusive Q&A session. They also got the chance to put their boots on and take part in a special training session with Arsenal coaches.

The Islington Football Development Partnership and Arsenal in the Community both use the Barclays Spaces for Sports site at Rosemary Gardens in Islington, one of 200 community sports sites that Barclays has built with partners the Football Foundation. The group was chosen by Barclays because of their valuable work in helping facilitate and develop grassroots football in the Islington area.

David Wheldon, Managing Director of Brand, Reputation and Citizenship at Barclays, commented: "This season Barclays is saying thank you to community heroes across the UK who help make the Barclays Premier League what it is today. That is why we are inviting the Islington Football Development Partnership and Arsenal in the Community coaches to this special event. Rewarding dedicated volunteers for their commitment to grassroots sport is one of the reasons we launched this campaign.”

Speaking about the visit, Lloyd Agyekum, one of the invited coaches, said: “It’s a real buzz coming to the Arsenal training ground, meeting the manager and having a training session. I admire Mr Wenger; he always has a plan and sticks to it. I’m a huge Arsenal fan so it’s very exciting to see how it works and learn more about their coaching. I like to teach kids the Arsenal way of playing – the right way with a lot of passing – and today will help me pass that on.”

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/barclaysfootball and join the conversation to thank community heroes with #YouAreFootball.

Arsene Wenger imparts his knowledge at an Arsenal community event
Sign Autographs
Arteta and Wenger sign on
at training ground
Volunteers take part in a football session at the Arsenal training ground
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Community coaches listen in
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"I like to teach kids the Arsenal way of playing – the right way with a lot of passing – and today will help me pass that on.”

Lloyd Agyekum, Volunteer Community Coach

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