The Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) has launched an initiative alongside Kickaround Magazine which will see every primary school in Islington receive free football magazines aimed at children.
A donation of a six-issue subscription of Kickaround Magazine has been made to all 47 primary schools in the Borough of Islington by The AST.
The aim of the donation is to support all school children in the local community to Arsenal Football Club.
It gives every primary school in Islington and its pupils access to the magazine which has been prized for its quality writing and diverse content. It is hoped the donation will assist schools who are constantly experiencing tighter budgets, whilst encouraging reading for pleasure and a continued love of the beautiful game.
Kickaround, which launched in 2018, is the children’s football magazine from the team behind cult publication When Saturday Comes, and puts literacy and learning through football at its heart.
The AST is the official supporters’ trust of Arsenal Football Club. A volunteer organisation, funded by member subscriptions. Its sole focus is related to matters Arsenal it is totally independent of the Arsenal Football Club.
Nigel Phillips, the AST Treasurer says: “We are delighted to be able to bring this brilliant magazine to so many young readers in the immediate vicinity of Arsenal Football Club. We really hope that the children are inspired to read more about the great game of football through the physical magazine rather than relying on devices – and hopefully it will encourage them to turn off their screens and go out and play as well.”
Tom Hocking, Editor of Kickaround, says: “It’s an incredible gesture from Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, who have shown how football can be a force for good in their local community. We launched Kickaround with the aim of using football to inspire young people of all abilities to read about and get involved in the game we all love. We’ve had amazing feedback from parents, teachers and, most importantly, the young readers themselves about our fresh approach to creative a children’s football magazine. It doesn’t matter who you support or play for, football has the power to bring us all together and improve lives. This partnership with the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust certainly does that, and I hope our magazine can make a real difference to the teachers and pupils across Islington.”
The first issue that the children will receive, which features an article on Arsenal Women’s Super League title race and a pull-out poster of Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, will arrive at the chosen schools this week along with an illustrated Giant World Football Map to display in classrooms or libraries.
The AST will also be supporting a football writing initiative for older readers in the Islington Borough in the coming weeks.