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Mums Matter: Isaac’s big-time backflip celebrates his mum

When 12-year-old football fan Isaac was filmed doing a backflip at his SOS Children home in South Africa, little did he think it would be seen by more than 35,000 football supporters at a Spurs home match over 6,000 miles away in north London.

The Mums Matter campaign has finished now, but you can still find out about the extraordinary work of our SOS Mothers.

But that’s what happened on Sunday when Isaac’s video was shown on a big screen at half-time during a Premier League match and was chosen by the Spurs crowds on the terraces as the best in a competition raising awareness for our Mums Matter campaign.

As part of their ongoing support for Mums Matter, Tottenham Hotspur dedicated their crucial Premier League game against Blackburn Rovers (Spurs won 2-0) to help highlight the love and care that more than 5,000 SOS mothers give to thousands of orphaned and abandoned children around the world.

At the end of March, Spurs asked their fans to record a video showing what goal celebration they would do for their Mum if she were in the crowd at a match. Prizes included the Spurs v Blackburn Rovers match ball signed by players and a signed tee shirt from star player Gareth Bale.

Five entries were chosen by Spurs to feature on the big screen. The crowd chose Isaac’s impressive backflip by cheering the loudest for his video clip:


Isaac and his family live at 'Spurs House' (a family house sponsored by Spurs) at SOS Children's Village Rustenburg, South Africa. His two biological older brothers are part of the family. 'Spurs House' is an ordinary house in an ordinary street - one of several SOS family houses fully integrated into the local community.

Of course, Isaac is a big Spurs fan. He plays defender in his local under-14s team. Last August, Isaac was able to watch a Spurs versus Orlando Pirates match (Orlando Pirates is a South African football club), and was chosen as one of the mascots to walk on to the pitch with the players. Isaac says that whilst he was watching the game high up in the stands, he waved to all the players who he had just met. It was a memorable experience, he says, and he will never forget it.

We visited 'Spurs House' late last year. Meet Issac's SOS mother and family in this video:


Spurs are supporting our Mums Matter campaign to enable more children like Isaac to grow up cared for by an SOS mother. The club have supported our SOS Children’s Village Rustenburg since 2007, and every Spurs player already sponsors an SOS child. Spurs’ midfielder Scott Parker has spoken as Ambassador for the campaign about his mother. He says: "I couldn't have achieved what I wanted in my career without the support and dedication of my mum. For me, it is unimaginable to think that so many children worldwide are growing up without the love and care of parents and especially mothers. That's why I'm supporting the Mums Matter campaign.”

Find out more about Mums Matter

How you can help

By sponsoring a child with SOS Children, you can help to give more children like Isaac around the world a great mum so that they can become happy, successful and fulfilled people.