Arsenal to host charity football match in London Colney
PUBLISHED: 17:36 22 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:42 22 May 2015
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Arsenal is holding a charity football tournament at its London Colney training grounds next month.
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Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Mikel Arteta of Arsenal (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Serge Gnabry and Mesut Ozil (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Wojciech Szczesny, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain greet Charlie Allen at Arsenal's annual fundraiser in support of The Arsenal Foundation and the club's global charity partner Save the Children (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta of Arsenal mingle with Arsenal super fan Maria at the Arsenal fundraising event (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Passenger performs at Arsenal's fundraiser. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Robert Pires and Santi Cazorla (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks at the 'Night To Inspire' Charity Ball to raise money for The Arsenal Foundation (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil before the fundraiser (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, David Ospina, Gabriel, Wojciech Szczesny, Mesut Ozil and Serge Gnabry attend Arsenal's Charity Ball (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Eleven-a-side adult teams of all standards have been invited to register to participate in the 2015 Arsenal Charity Shield which is being hosted at the grounds, off Bell Lane, on Saturday June 6.
A spokesman said that entrants will have the chance to visit the club’s state-of-the-art training facility and play football on the same surface enjoyed by boss Arsène Wenger’s players during the season.
A trophy will be presented to the winning team, with prizes for top fundraisers too.
Each team must make a minimum donation of £750 to the Arsenal Foundation to enter a squad of 15 players.
Individual players applying to take part without a team are asked to pledge a minimum of £100.
The Arsenal Foundation held its annual flagship fundraiser at Emirates Stadium on Thursday night (21), raising over £200,000 to support projects that help young people to fulfil their potential.
Arsène Wenger and the first-team squad - many of whom live in or near London Colney - attended the event, alongside Arsenal Foundation ambassador Robert Pires and newly-retired legendary jockey and Arsenal fan AP McCoy.
Representatives of the club’s global charity partner, Save the Children, and other organisations the foundation supports were also present.
Titled “A Night to Inspire”, the evening celebrated the thousands of young people who have benefited from the support of the Arsenal Foundation and its partners.
Among these young people was a refugee from Sierra Leone who arrived in London in 2010 in extremely difficult circumstances and has since transformed his life with the backing of the Arsenal Foundation-supported charity, Freedom from Torture.
Working with the charity, Arsenal in the Community coaches support the survivors of torture through therapeutic football sessions and English classes.
Guests enjoyed a dinner designed by Raymond Blanc - who has a restaurant in St Albans - and a performance from platinum-selling singer-songwriter Passenger.
A live auction raised in excess of £43,000 and the silent auction raised a total of £65,000.
Lots included dinner with the Arsenal manager and a private training session with Santi Cazorla, which raised £11,000 through generous bidding by Foo Fighters lead guitarist, Chris Shiflett.
The Arsenal Boot Room added a further £5,000 to the fundraising total, with guests given the chance to purchase players’ boots.
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