Alex Iwobi visited a local community to award one of its members for his outstanding contributions.

  • Iwobi visited Dillon White, an Arsenal in the Community coach
  • White coaches as part of the Premier League Kicks project

Iwobi took the time out to visit a local community so he could be award one of Arsenal’s community coaches, Dillon White, for his work.

White coaches as part of the Premier League Kicks project, which offers young people around the country an opportunity to take part in coached training sessions.

White himself took part in such sessions before earning his coaching badges and becoming an Arsenal coach.

Iwobi handed White a comic strip telling the story of his journey through the programme, and praised the project for the opportunities it gives people.

“To actually see it for myself with my own eyes is amazing,” said Iwobi. “It gives them [participants] the opportunity to get off the streets, to learn about life, not just on the pitch but also off it.

“It gives them the possibilities to better their career and better their future.”

Upon receiving the award, White said:

“When I first got involved, it just felt good to be doing something football related with my team, Arsenal. But Kicks is about more than football.

“It’s a way of giving encouragement and support to people who might need it. As an Arsenal in the Community coach now, I’m proud to be playing my part in that for the next generation.”

The Premier League kicks project was started in 2006, and was designed to positively engage young people in the local area.