Arsenal staff sleep out for Centrepoint

By Community | November 11, 2010

Staff of Arsenal Football Club, allergy including CEO Ivan Gazidis will be sleeping out on November 11 to help raise money for the Club’s Charity of the Season, Centrepoint.?

A total of eleven members of staff including senior management will join others at Old Spitalfields Market in giving up their bed for the night at Centrepoint’s annual Sleep Out, to show solidarity with some of the most marginalized people in society.?

Centrepoint is Arsenal Football Club’s Charity of the Season for 2010/11 and through its ‘Be a Gooner. Be a Giver’ campaign, the Club has set itself a fundraising target of £500,000 which will be used to create a state-of-the-art service in a refurbished building in Soho. The centre will help homeless young people across London to develop essential life skills to get back on their feet and stay off the streets permanently.?

CEO Ivan Gazidis said: “This is a great way for our staff to connect and engage with the club’s Charity of the Season, Centrepoint. It will provide a rare insight into some of the challenges that young homeless people in London are faced with. We are heartened by the response of staff and hope this event will push us further towards our season-long fundraising target of £500,000.”?

The Club will match staff’s fundraising endeavours as part of Arsenal’s ongoing commitment to reaching the campaign’s ambitious target and will also be dedicating its Premier League fixture against Fulham on December 4 to the charity, when players and directors will donate a day’s wages to Centrepoint.

To find out more about Arsenal’s Charity of the Season and see how you can donate, visit www.beagoonerbeagiver.org