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SAMIR SINGH

Community Development Officer, Arsenal in the Community, UK
"I was born around Highbury (the old Arsenal Stadium). I am also the curator of the Arsenal museum. I want to improve the area. A lot of us are from here too. Two-thirds of us [working at Arsenal] have come through the community program. We want to help th"

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

I don’t feel like I’ve done a days work in nine years (although I do work very hard!). I am very lucky. I help impriove my own community.

WHAT IS THE WORST PART OF YOUR JOB?

When we visit a school after Arsenal lost a game, everybody wants to know why we lost. I am not the manager, don’t ask me! (laughs)

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PROFESSIONAL FUTURE?

I want to stay here and work for Arsenal.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE INDUSTRY SURROUNDING FOOTBALL EVOLVING?

Football clubs as brands are becoming more attractive to investors, fans, sponsors and local residents. It’s becoming more and more a globalized business. At the same time, we want to be seen as good neighbours. We try to be local as football becomes global.

WOULD YOU WORK IN A DIFFERENT FIELD IF IT PAID BETTER?

I don’t do this for money. I love waking up for work, a lot of my friends don’t.

WHAT IF YOU COULD PLAY FOR ARSENAL?

I dream of it! That is the only job that could possibly be better.