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Jamie touched by street kids

Posted on 27 July 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Our training kickabout with the street kids of Durban certainly struck an emotional chord with the lads.

Eight under-privileged kids - known here as 'street kids' because, as the term suggests, they live on the streets - were invited to train with the lads at Amazulu FC on Thursday.

The looks on the faces of the kids and the lads and the enthusiasm of the session will long live in the memory.

"Seeing those kids was quite emotional," Jamie explained. "We're obviously in a privileged position as footballers where most of the lads lives have changed through playing for various clubs, money and stuff like that.

"They are such great kids, love playing football and although none of them had boots or anything they were still so enthusiastic and talented as well - that's one thing that stuck us as wlel, just how good they were.

"It was great fun. Robbie Keane was doing all his tricks but the young lads kept tackling him - I think he was getting a little frustrated out there!

"It was great we were able to give them Tottenham shirts and caps and they were delighted with that.

"Hopefully we made their day a little brighter. It worked out well and it meant a lot to the lads as well.

"It makes trips like this worthwhile. I came here about 10 years ago with Liverpool and we did a similar thing in the townships and I was amazed then how good the kids were.

"It's great to see and keeps you down to earth, that's for sure."