Arsenal agree three year deal with Hatfield cause

PUBLISHED: 18:28 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 08:34 16 July 2013

Bob Wilson, Arsene Wenger, Robert Pires

Bob Wilson, Arsene Wenger, Robert Pires

2013 The Arsenal Football Club Plc

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger is among the leading club figures to back a Hatfield charity after a three-year deal was struck.

The Willow Foundation - set up by Gunners legend Bob Wilson - has been named as the Arsenal Foundation’s official charity partner.

Former goalkeeper Wilson has joined Wenger and former players Liam Brady and Robert Pires as ambassadors at the foundation, which supports good causes.

Willow, which gives seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds unique Special Days, is the first national charity to be chosen by the Arsenal Foundation.

Wilson, who set up the charity with wife Megs after their daughter died aged just 31, said: “Having been involved with Arsenal for more than fifty years – first as a player, then coach and subsequently with my charity – it’s a huge honour to be chosen as an ambassador for the Arsenal Foundation.

“Formalising my role at Arsenal means I can look forward to many more happy years with the Club that is so close to my heart.

“And for the Willow Foundation to be Arsenal FC and the Arsenal Foundation’s official charity partner is an enormous boost for the Charity with a host of exciting opportunities over the next three years.”

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