The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has recently returned from South Africa where they visited the SOS Children’s Village Rustenburg, one of the host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The visiting group met with children and staff in the Village, facilitated a football coaching session and personally delivered Tottenham Hotspur shirts and other Spurs items to children in the Village. Coaches from the Foundation visited the Tottenham Hotspur House, which is uniquely and completely funded by monies received from players' fines. The house aims to provide orphaned children with a permanent home and family.
Gary Broadhurst, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Community Development Manager said, “It was fantastic to be able to come out to the village and see the great work that SOS Children’s Villages is doing in South Africa. Everyone was very excited and enthusiastic about our arrival and you can see that the Club is playing an important part in what the charity is trying to achieve with the village in Rustenburg.” The SOS Children's Village is situated in a suburb called Tlhabane West, a particularly needy area of Rustenburg, which forms part of the North West province that has a high number of orphaned and vulnerable children.
Brenda Dimbleby, SOS Children’s Villages Communications Co-ordinator commented on the impact of the Club’s involvement, “The Club helped finance the construction of the Village when it was first built, but it’s their continual support that has been so impactful. The children were very excited about the visit and they are all very happy to have been given their own Tottenham Hotspur shirt. We look forward to the Club’s next visit to the Village.”
There are currently 77 children living in the SOS Children’s Village in Rustenburg, eight of which are part of the Tottenham Hotspur family. The visit was part of the Foundation’s work in partnership with Haringey Council Children and Young People's Services.