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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 August 2007, 05:53 GMT 06:53 UK
Premier League's community goals
[an error occurred while processing this directive] Click on your club's badge to find out more about their work in the community

The Premier League launches its Creating Chances initiative on Tuesday, showcasing the excellent work clubs do off the pitch.

Creating Chances is a community-centred programme designed to help the relationship fans, community groups, charities, schools and other stakeholders have with their Premier League club.

"Community engagement is now woven into the fabric of football," said Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

"The size and scope of that commitment really is something of which the Premier League and our clubs can be proud."

Here we highlight the views of club managers, those involved and some of the schemes currently being run by the 20 teams and links to their community pages on official club websites.

ARSENAL

Supporters look at the results of the team but Arsenal have a lot of responsibilities elsewhere and contributing to different communities is a big part of that. Of course it's not the most glamorous part but that doesn't mean it's not the most important one.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

ASTON VILLA

Many people feel that football clubs are limited to the affairs of the first team. While this is very important, we believe there is more to Aston Villa than just attempting to win matches.
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill

BLACKBURN

Hopefully people will look at our achievements, see the benefits of working together as a team and take that forward into the wider community.
Blackburn midfielder David Bentley

BOLTON

It's a great campaign for Bolton and I am pleased something is being done to help the next generation.
Bolton defender Nicky Hunt

BIRMINGHAM

One of Birmingham's initiatives is to support the South Birmingham Soccer School Football team, which provides an opportunity for players with special needs to play competitive matches in the Ability Counts league.

CHELSEA

Through my support for CLIC Sargent I want to help every child and young person fight their cancer and live life to the full.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

DERBY

The community programme is vitally important to me and the players at Derby County because our young supporters are the future of the club.
Derby boss Billy Davies

EVERTON

I have a little boy myself. it's important to encourage the kids to eat healthily.
Everton striker Andy Johnson

FULHAM

It's vitally important that all members of the community integrate and be able to live in harmony regardless of their background or culture and it is through the power of sport and, in particular, football that this can be achieved.
Fulham defender Zat Knight

LIVERPOOL

It makes you realise the importance and significance of the club's involvement in community activities and what it means to so many people.
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard on a visit to Alder Hey Children's Hospital

MANCHESTER CITY

City in the Community (CITC) is a registered charity and through wide-ranging programmes the community scheme engages with around 200,000 people across all age groups.

MANCHESTER UNITED

It's great that we can use football expertise to help people make a difference. The Homeless World Cup shows that sport can be a catalyst for real change.
Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

MIDDLESBROUGH

Middlesbrough's football in the community scheme was created in 1995. It has gone from an original team of four to more than 50 full-time staff and interaction takes place with more than 200,000 local people every year.

NEWCASTLE

"Joining the Prince's trust programme has changed my life. It has played a massive role in turning my life around and Newcastle United are a massive part of the programme.
Craig Firman, participant in Prince's Trust Football Initiative

PORTSMOUTH

It's good to see here in Portsmouth that within their education the kids are acknowledging food can be good and healthy at the same time. It's great that i can help in some way.
Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes

READING

I am absolutely thrilled. I never thought I would win.
Jack Husbands, winner of Reading's 'Playing for Success Aspiring Journalist' competition.

SUNDERLAND

One of the courses run by Sunderland is Family Learning Through Football. It is aimed at giving children and their parents the chance to improve communication and learn together. This in turn increases the capability of the most disadvantaged families by helping parents support their children's development while raising their own skill levels and confidence.

TOTTENHAM

We were proud to be asked to help develop some exciting elements of our community support programme for young people in Tottenham, using football as a magnet to engage local people in activities that will make a real difference to their health, education and lifestyles.
Kathryn Robinson, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation chief executive

WEST HAM

We used to experience a lot of trouble on the Peckham estate I grew up on and if there had been more things like the Prince's Trust to help the kids out then I am sure it would have reduced the problems.
West Ham defender Anton Ferdinand

WIGAN

This initiative stimulates youth activity, energy and motivation as well as encouraging young people and their families into learning.
Wigan chief executive Brenda Spencer



SEE ALSO
Creating Chances with the Premier League
26 May 07 |  Premier League


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