The Club is delighted to announce our new long-term international charity commitment, a partnership with SOS Children's Villages.
Innovatively, the Club will be using monies received from players' fines for this excellent cause. In what is believed to be a first, five years ago, the Club elected to ring-fence players' fine monies, rather than absorb them directly into the Club's accounts. Going forward the Club will use these funds to support good works in the local community via the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, and to fund a children's home in Rustenburg, South Africa.
Club officials and Spurs legend Gary Mabbutt visited the new Tottenham Hotspur SOS home in Rustenburg, South Africa, to which the Club has so far contributed $110,000, and met SOS workers and the first children to arrive in house number six, the Club's nominated house.
Chairman Daniel Levy said: ‘We are delighted to be taking the first steps in what we know will be a hugely beneficial project for the local community. It represents a responsible use of players fines and will also be fully underwritten by the Club '
‘We have had a massive supporter base in South Africa ever since our success in the 1960's and still enjoy an affinity with the country where we were made to feel so welcome on our 2003 pre-season tour. We look forward to becoming an important part of life for hundreds of children and young people.'
Former Club Captain Gary Mabbutt, agrees: ‘I am impressed with the novel thinking behind using the players' fines for this good cause and it is great to see the Club fully-supporting this project. The players have greeted this news enthusiastically and are keen to give it their support.'
SOS Children's Villages International is the world's largest orphan and abandoned children charity whose main role is helping children whose parents are not there for them.
Rustenburg represents a new approach in creating an ideal environment in which orphaned and abandoned children can be cared for. Using the philosophy, Solid Modest and Integrated, the children are housed in a regular community, with an appointed mother, a home in a regular street and attend local schools. The huge benefit of this approach is that the children are not separately identified as orphans and do not require re-integration when they are old enough to leave the care of SOS. They enjoy a normal childhood in a loving, supportive environment made possible by this extraordinary organisation with which your Club is proud to be associated.
SOS Children's Villages International already works in 124 countries in the world and runs 450 SOS Children's Villages and 342 Youth Homes. The charity cares for more than 60,000 children and provides 100,000 children with an education in its nurseries, primary and secondary schools.
The formal launch of the Village will take place early summer and we shall be letting you know how you can play your part.
In the meantime, if you would like to know more about SOS Children's Villages International, click HERE.