Arsenal kicks off search for charity partner

Youth and sports charities invited to apply to become club's favoured charity

Youth and sports charities are being invited to apply to be Arsenal Football Club's charity of the season for the 2010/11 football year.

The north London club is looking for a charity that provides practical support to young people or assists people through sport. It must have a local presence in London, a corporate fundraising department and public relations support for the partnership.

Last year the initiative raised more than £500,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. This season it has already raised £250,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. Fundraising events that form part of the partnership include a charity match day and a charity ball.

The club is asking for a document of no more than two pages outlining how a charity partnership would work, how it would engage Arsenal staff, players and supporters, details of any milestones the charity will achieve during the partnership and how funds raised through the partnership will be used.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a presentation to the club's community and communications department in spring 2010 before the board makes a final decision.

Applications should be submitted to Kate Laurens, Arsenal Football Club, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London N5 1BU by 31 January 2010.

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