Alan Hutton and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna joined forces for the first time to help disadvantaged young people through The Prince's Trust Football Initiative.
The players will dedicate their time to inspire and motivate participants on a Prince’s Trust 12-week self-development programme, building key workplace skills such as confidence, teamwork and communication.
The campaign marks the beginning of a £2m Prince’s Trust initiative with the Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association and the Football Foundation. It aims to help more than 7,000 young people across England move into work or training over the next three years through football.
“I've seen lots of young people who aren't in work or education get into a lot of trouble - both back in Glasgow and here in London. The Prince's Trust helps these young people all over the UK, developing their skills for work - and I want to help in anyway I can”, says Alan.
Both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have worked with The Trust for over a decade, and the new funding will allow for the clubs to deliver more support through a variety of Trust programmes. Currently, each club motivates participants to complete the programme and gain, in some cases, their very first qualification and skills needed for work. Their involvement includes stadium tours, motivational talks, healthy eating workshops, signed merchandise and player appearances.
Bacary Sagna adds: “Arsenal does a lot of work with The Prince's Trust to help young people in London. It’s great to know that just by taking part in a few activities I will help these young people gain life changing skills."
HRH The Prince of Wales launched The Prince's Trust Football Initiative at Old Trafford in August 1997. In ten years, more than 11,000 young people have benefited from the support of over 60 football clubs through a long-term partnership with the Premier League, PFA and Football Foundation.
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