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Arsenal and WorldRemit launch, “Future Stars,” an exclusive Premier League Club training camp for African Community Coaches 

Mandela’s Centenary year sees the launch of a pioneering new coaching programme to build on his legacy in Africa

Tuesday 14th August 2018, Arsenal Football Club and digital money transfer experts, WorldRemit are offering local coaches the chance to attend an exclusive new training camp with Arsenal’s top youth coaches in London – and 25 shortlisted coaches will be rewarded with Arsenal kit for their entire youth squad.

WorldRemit will arrange for the successful applicant to fly to London, where they will attend an exclusive training camp with Arsenal Soccer Schools coaches. During the camp they will work together with the Soccer Schools coaches on plans to use this training to build a lasting legacy in their home country. The camp will be free to apply for and open to youth team (under 16s) coaches from across Africa.


How to apply
Coaches simply need to complete the short online application form at futurestars.worldremit.com by 27th August 2018 explaining why they deserve to be granted this unique opportunity and the legacy they plan to build on their return home.

Assessment Process
1. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria by a panel of judges from WorldRemit and Arsenal. The judging panel includes the founder and CEO of WorldRemit, Ismail Ahmed, and his co-founder, Catherine Wines, Simon McManus, Head Coach at Arsenal Soccer Schools and Marc Thorogood, Business Manager of Arsenal Soccer Schools.

Selection criteria:
- The commitment of the coach to improving the lives of their community 
- The impact the coach has had on young people within their community
- The strength of the coach’s proposal to pass on their training on their return home

2. From the applications, WorldRemit and Arsenal will select a shortlist of 25 coaches who will receive Arsenal youth kits for their entire squad. 

3. From this shortlist of 25, the judging panel will select five coaches as finalists. 
4. The stories of the five finalists will be shared on www.futurestars.worldremit.com and the successful applicant will be selected based on a public vote on the site.

Ismail Ahmed, CEO of WorldRemit explained:
“By making it easier to send money, we help our customers do more for those they care about. Our customers are working hard to use the opportunities they have been given to support their community and we believe we should follow their example.

“When we set up our partnership with Arsenal, one of our goals was to reward hard-working individuals within the community. Football connects people from all walks of life so this was a natural place to start.”

Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said:
"In this Centenary year of Mandela, it is a fitting time to recognise and reward those individuals who have harnessed the power of sport for the benefit of young people across Africa.

“A strong commitment to the community is one of the values we share with our partners at WorldRemit and together we hope to build a lasting legacy and to shine the spotlight on these unsung heroes who give up their time to help to deliver a brighter future for others.

"We are looking forward to working with all the coaches that join us in London as part of the Future Stars programme."

ENDS


Notes to editors 
The FutureStars site will open for applications from 13:00 BST on Tuesday 14th August and applications will be accepted until 23:59 BST on 27th August 2018

About WorldRemit
WorldRemit is changing the way people send money.

It’s easy – just open the app or visit the website – no more agents, no more queues, no more time wasted
• Transfers to most countries are instant – send money like an instant message.
• Send money anytime with award-winning customer service team available to help 24/7
• 85,000 5-star reviews for our app 
• More ways to receive (Mobile Money, bank transfer, cash pickup, and mobile airtime top-up).
• Available in over 50 countries and more than 145+ destinations.
• Backed by Accel Partners and TCV – investors in Facebook, Spotify, Netflix and Slack.
WorldRemit’s global headquarters are in London, UK with offices in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

About Arsenal Football Club
Arsenal is one of the leading clubs in world football with a strong heritage of success, progressive thinking and financial stability.

The club was founded in 1886 in Woolwich, south London, before moving to Highbury in north London in 1913. We moved to Emirates Stadium in 2006.

Arsenal has an impressive roll of honour: English League Champions 13 times, FA Cup winners a record 13 times, League Cup winners twice and European Cup Winners’ Cup (1994) and European Fairs Cup (1970) winners once. In addition, Arsenal Women are the most successful English club in women’s football. They celebrated their 30th season last year.

The Arsenal Foundation uses the power of football and the Arsenal name to inspire and support young people in north London and across the globe. The Arsenal Foundation raises funds each year and works with a number of key partners including Save The Children, Islington Giving, Willow and the Gunners’ Fund. Locally, Arsenal in the Community has delivered programmes to drive positive social outcomes for more than 30 years.

For further information please visit arsenal.com

About Arsenal Soccer Schools
Arsenal Soccer Schools encourage children to be active whilst learning to play football; with the emphasis placed on passing, movement, creativity and technical development through teamwork.

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