About AR26 Charity
We believe that we can provide all young people with the opportunity for an equal start in life. We also strive to put a smile on the faces of children and their families who face critical health struggles or adverse circumstances.
We work to achieve this by providing all young people with equal access to training, support and job opportunities with our main mission to help give young people a first chance in life.
We also hope to provide life changing experiences to children who need it most.
Alongside this continuous work, our long-term aim is for AR26 to provide free football coaching for children across Scotland in a football for all project. We believe that this will give children an exciting insight into football, a focus, a safe space and the chance to be a part of a community.
EQUALITY & INCLUSION - All young people in Scotland should have access to support, education, training and a helping hand with job opportunities.
RESPECT - We view people as individuals regardless of their background. We listen and respect their views, where they have come from and where they want to go to.
HONESTY - We believe in honesty and transparency in everything that we do.
AMBITION - We strive to improve the lives of our service users, volunteers & staff.
LEGACY - We believe in creating a long-lasting impact on individuals and hopefully Scotland as a whole.
Throughout my career, I have always tried to help support charities and causes whenever I could, but I knew more needed to be done. As a footballer, I recognise I am in a fortunate position in which I can use my voice and connections to influence change. Myself and my partner Rachel have discussed setting up a charity for a while now, and being parents ourselves, we recognise how important it is to make sure children have the best possible start in life.
Sadly, not all children have the same opportunities and support, and we want AR26 Charity to help change that. There are many great organisations in Scotland doing important work already, and we want AR26 Charity to compliment this and accelerate change.
- ANDY ROBERTSON
FACTS ABOUT ANDY ROBERTSON
Gifts purchased made Christmas much brighter and magical than anticipated for many and was pivotal in bringing joy and happiness to children on Christmas Day as well as easing the pressure financially on parents. Feedback from parents was both gracious and humbling.
The AR26 Charity’s contribution and engagement with us is extremely valued and admirable.
- Pat Burke, Chairman, Children in Poverty, Inverclyde
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