Arsenal footballer from Welwyn Garden City helps children in Iraq

PUBLISHED: 09:20 31 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:20 31 March 2016

Alex Scott meets Yasmine, aged 12

Alex Scott meets Yasmine, aged 12

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An Arsenal footballer from Welwyn Garden City recently went to Iraq to help improve the lives of vulnerable children in the country.

Arsenal ladies captain Alex Scott at the Save the Children football programme in IraqArsenal ladies captain Alex Scott at the Save the Children football programme in Iraq

Arsenal ladies captain and Lioness, Alex Scott, of Welwyn Garden City, visited the Save the Children programme, which uses football to help families who have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict in the country.

The scheme has launched across two camps in Khanaqin.

Ms Scott said: “The impact that football is having on these children’s lives is incredible. Having escaped violence and war with only the clothes on their back, football is giving them back a childhood and some normality after everything they’ve been through.”

The programme was developed in partnership with Arsenal and is funded by The Arsenal Foundation, which receives donations from club players and fans. It paid for two new artificial pitches inside the camps to provide a safe place to play.

The football ace added: “The bravery and resilience the kids in the camps show is awe-inspiring and has really put things into perspective for me. But beneath the surface, these children have witnessed and experienced terrible atrocities and many have lost loved ones and friends.

“By encouraging team work, instilling a sense of achievement and just by having some fun, football is helping them to recover and giving them a chance of a better future.”

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