In Coca-Cola Park, in Johannesburg, Saturday’s Vodacom Challenge Final pitched South African team the Orlando Pirates against the Spurs.
The Tottenham Club invited the children and SOS mothers from SOS Children’s Village Rustenburg to attend the match. The young people showed their support by wearing the colours of the Club that has become a massive part of their lives over the past four years. The children were mascots for the match, after which they had the chance to meet the players and have their photos taken.
One of the guests at the game included Tshegofatso Moselakgomo, an 18 year-old who grew up in SOS Children’s Village in Rustenburg, after both her mother and father passed away. Spurs have paid her tuition fees so that she can study at the University of Johannesburg for a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounts. Following her four-year course, she hopes to achieve her dream of becoming an accountant. Tshegofatso says “Spurs have made my dream come true and now I can definitely say I am one of their biggest supporters! I am excited to begin my studies and get the chance to make Spurs proud of me.”
It was in 2007 that Tottenham Hotspur established an official charity partnership with SOS Children.
The club have worked with SOS Children on a number of initiatives, including financing the construction of the 'Tottenham Hotspur House' in Rustenburg South Africa, and the continuing funding of the running costs of the house, which are uniquely and completely funded by monies received from players' fines. Representatives from the club, including Gary Mabbutt, visited the Village earlier this year.
In addition, since 2010, all members of the First Team playing squad have each sponsored a child in an SOS Children’s Village around the world.
Tottenham won the Vodacom Challenge with a 3-0 win and all of the SOS families all had a day to remember!
Below, you can listen to a BBC World Service podcast in which members of the team, as well as children from the Village, talk about the experience: