Keeping communities safe

Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz with Ian Wright infront of the Ian Wright painting on theNo More Red Mural

If you’ve been following the Premier League this season, you’ll know that it’s shaping up to be a potentially golden year for Arsenal –  and the club is having a huge impact off the field, too.

Last year, Arsenal launched their No More Red campaign, to help keep young people safe from knife crime and violence. The importance of the campaign couldn’t be clearer – there were more than 11,000 knife offences recorded in London between January 2022 and November 2022.

At the heart of No More Red is creating safe, community spaces for young people to enjoy the physical, mental and social benefits that sport brings. Through their long-standing partnership, Arsenal and Islington Council have worked together to refurbish a football pitch at the Harvist Estate, in the shadow of the Emirates Stadium.

Street artist Stazzy, who worked with young people to paint the No More Red mural

The campaign has also seen street artist Stazzy team up with 30 young people to create a No More Red mural – featuring current and former Arsenal stars Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe, Ian Wright, Vivianne Miedema, and Aaron Ramsdale – at Rosemary Gardens.

For the second year running, Arsenal again traded their iconic red kit for a white one during their FA Cup third round match – emphasising the club’s commitment to the cause.

Now, the club is inviting members of the public to own a No More Red shirt themselves by volunteering for one of these charities:

Each charity will have 10 limited shirts to give to volunteers who give up their time. More details can be found on Arsenal’s website.

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