Arsenal, WorldRemit launch second edition of Future Stars programme


Arsenal, WorldRemit launch second edition of Future Stars programme

Saturday, August 31, 2019

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Arsenal and online money transfer service WorldRemit are offering one male and one female football coach from the Americas or Africa the chance to attend an exclusive training programme with Arsenal Football Development coaches in London.

Now in its second edition, the Future Stars programme was developed by WorldRemit and Arsenal to celebrate the positive impact that grass roots youth football coaches have on their communities, helping the children they train to develop life skills both on and off the pitch.

Future Stars is open to youth team (under-16s) coaches from across the Americas and Africa. WorldRemit will sponsor two winners, one male and one female, to fly to London for a personalised coaching programme with Arsenal Football Development coaches. Through the programme, 20 shortlisted coaches will be rewarded with Arsenal shirts for their youth squad.

Entries are now open on or via a chatbot on the WorldRemit Facebook page until September 4. To enter, coaches simply need to complete a short application form explaining why they deserve to be granted this unique training opportunity and how they would use it to build a lasting legacy of positive change through football.

From the online applications, 20 coaches will be shortlisted to receive Arsenal youth shirts for their team. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria by a panel of judges including Catherine Wines, co-founder at WorldRemit; Simon McManus, head coach at Arsenal Football Development; and Marc Thorogood, business manager at Arsenal Football Development.

The selection criteria are the commitment of the coach to improving the lives of their community; the impact the coach has had on young people within his/her community; and the strength of the coach's proposal to pass on their training on their return home

From the shortlist of 20, the judging panel will select eight coaches as finalists — four male and four female.

The eight finalists' stories will be shared on and the winners will be chosen based on a public vote on the website.

Dan Canning, managing director for North America at WorldRemit, said: “Our customers work hard every day to send money home to support their families and communities. Inspired by them, we developed the Future Stars programme with Arsenal to shine a spotlight on youth community coaches who use their passion for football to build a better future for others.

“The standard of applications for last year's programme exceeded our expectations. We're excited to build on this success and celebrate the incredible contributions of male and female coaches from across the Americas and Africa.”

Simon McManus, head coach at Arsenal Football Development said: “Community engagement has always been at the heart of everything we do, and we continue to work hard to promote greater levels of participation in sport, both in north London and around the world.

“The Future Stars programme is all about recognising youth coaches across Africa and the Americas who bring communities together and are changing lives through football. We are looking forward to celebrating them and welcoming the two winning coaches to train with us at Emirates.”

Last year's Future Stars winner was Hamisi Mohamed from Young Talents Soccer Academy. Hamisi founded Young Talents, a mixed academy outside Nairobi, Kenya, to bring young members of his community together and help them avoid falling into tribalism, drug abuse, and crime.

Hamisi said: “Training with Arsenal Football Development was the opportunity of a lifetime. For my own coaching, it was amazing to hear about the Arsenal coaching philosophy and how it can bring teams of all levels together. The exchange of ideas and practices are beneficial for both sides and lead to a higher standard of football at a grass roots level. Good luck to this year's Future Stars!”

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, then moving 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.

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