Hundreds of children braved a downpour waiting for the lads to arrive on Thursday morning but it didn’t dampen spirits in any way as they gave a demonstration of Mauritian cultures before the lads all took groups for coaching.
It was Michael’s first such tour abroad and the school visit certainly made an impression.
“You’re not wrong there,” he said. “You go in and think ‘wow’ — we arrived and they were all standing in the pouring rain and they must have there for an hour at least.
“We were shivering when we got off the coach but the welcome we got was unbelievable.
“It was great to put a smile on their faces and they were fantastic towards us.
“It meant everything just to go in there and meet children who are perhaps not as lucky as myself and the lads when we were at school.
“I had a look around the school and that really brought it home what they go through day and night.
“It was great to see people walking around in Spurs shirts and I was speaking to someone who told me that all the Premiership games are on television on Saturdays. They all love their football and you could see what it meant to people.”
Michael Dawson says he’ll never forget our trip to the Rose Belle North Government School in Mauritius.