Arsenal sets yomtov goal for absent supporters

By Robyn Rosen, September 10, 2009

Arsenal is asking its Jewish season ticket-holders to make a Rosh Hashanah gift to the less fortunate.

The club wants fans who will not be taking up their seats on festival days to give them up to Arsenal’s community programme. They will then be distributed to supporters such as children in care, the homeless, or the disabled.

Arsenal in the Community head Alan Sefton hoped to tap into “the goodwill of the New Year. We realise there will be a number of Jewish season ticket-holders who won’t be using their tickets. Rather then let them go to waste, we have a system to pass them to less fortunate people.”

Over 50 supporters gave up their tickets last season and Mr Sefton is anticipating a greater response this year. The Gunners are at home to Wigan on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

Last updated: 1:02pm, September 10 2009