Written By: Arun Pariyar


Every year Arsenal Football Club donates their football kits to support various causes based locally and globally. These donations become a source of encouragement and inspiration in the right hands. This year Arsenal F.C. will donate Football kits to Nepal for the first time to be distributed by Freedom Social Foundation, pioneers in providing free outdoor education to rural youths in Nepal.

It is important for Arsenal to support outdoor projects in the Uk and all over the world. Thus Ray Coventry, community organizer at Arsenal F.C. on request of Yasmin who lives next door to Arsenal want to use this opportunity to avail these kits to Nepal. Ray says ” we are pleased to send the kits to Nepal, especially as we have many Nepali members of staff at the stadium, it would mean a lot to us and them. This will be the first time Arsenal F.C. is donating to football kits to Nepal.

Yasmin Mirza and Gyalzen Sherpa Trekking in The Everest Region
Yasmin Mirza and Gyalzen Sherpa Trekking in The Everest Region

Yasmin Mirza who helped receive the kit from Arsenal F.C. is a trekking enthusiast who visits Nepal frequently to fuel her love of the Majestic Himalayas. Her frequent visit to Nepal brought her in touch with Jagan Timilsina, who runs free outdoor education programs for rural youths in Nepal through the charity institution Freedom Social Foundation.

Jagan Teaching Students outside at Mardi Himal Base Camp, Freedom Social Foundation
Jagan Teaching Students at Mardi Himal Base Camp, Freedom Social Foundation

Upon returning home from Nepal she became aware of Arsenal F.C. giving out football kit, the idea struck her that the kits could be distributed to Nepal, she couldn’t let go. She joined forces with Jagan to try and make it happen. As the saying goes luck favors those who work for it after a solid application and correspondence success followed. The Football Kit consists of fleeces, sweatshirts, neck warmers, waterproof jackets, trousers, some training trousers, padded jackets, and football socks.

Football kits received from Arsenal Football Club
Football kits received from Arsenal Football Club

The kits upon being brought to Nepal will be distributed among local and community football clubs. We aim to distribute it to rural parts of Nepal too. We hope by distributing the kits we can inspire footballers of all ages to not give up on their dreams and to strive to be the best. We want to let them know that dreams can be achieved.

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Nepalese Kids Playing football in Kathmandu.

How Can You Help?

In total, we have around 70KG of kit to bring to Nepal for distribution.

If you are traveling from the UK, you can help by bringing some of the kits to Nepal.

If you are interested in being part of this distribution project please drop us an email at freedomsocialfoundation@gmail.com and we can give you further details.