English Premier League (PL) side, Arsenal, have partnered a school in Uganda to build a new football pitch for their students.
The Family of Hope school is one for children with special needs and was chosen for partnership by the Arsenal Foundation.
‘‘It’s the first pitch in the local area and tournaments will be arranged to give children from the surrounding villages the chance to play on it, alongside students from the school. Organisers hope this will help foster new relationships and build understanding,’‘ the club’s website noted.
It's the first pitch in the local area and tournaments will be arranged to give children from the surrounding villages the chance to play on it, alongside students from the school.
Beside the pitch, the school will also receive support by way of equipments and Arsenal kit to the students.
The Family of Hope organization is registered in the UK but also operates in Uganda. In Uganda, a number of volunteers oversee the day-to-day running of the school located in the rural east of the country.
It’s aim being to enable children with special education needs and those in extreme poverty to have an education and a future.
‘‘What binds us together is a shared commitment to helping Ugandan children with special educational needs find a secure, educational and caring environment, where they can thrive and improve their prospects for the future,’‘ their website stated.
Arsenal as a club has a large following across the continent. It continues to offer professional pursuits to African players over the years. Currently Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi and Egypt’s Mohammed El Neny play for the London club.
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