The Club has worked very closely with Sokka Kings, which is broadcast on SABC1, advising the coaches and producers as the concept of finding the brightest young footballing prospects got underway.
It is anticipated that Sokka Kings will become the most-watched reality show on South African television and, with the help of Spurs, project director Ivan Maclennan is targeting a longer term goal: "We want to expose young talent with a view to hosting this event annually. The talent we have seen to date has been fantastic. I am hoping that 50 of the top players from here will be part of the 2010 World Cup squad.
Hopefuls from all over South Africa have been coached and schooled and each week the public vote for their favourites to remain in contention for the big prize. The competition is now down to the final 20.
The winner will spend a week training within our Academy at Spurs Lodge with the opportunity meet and mix with the likes of Robbie Keane, Ledley King and Jermain Defoe. He will get the chance to watch a home game from the directors' box and be introduced to the fans at half-time, with footage of his exploits on Sokka Kings being shown on the Jumbotron.
Public and panel will determine the winning prospect on Friday June 17 and our new Academy manager John McDermott will continue the Spurs involvement by making the trip to form part of the expert judging panel.
Momentum is rapidly gathering in South Africa as Spurs-inspired Sokka Kings - a reality TV hit in which under-19 footballers showcase their talents - nears its exciting conclusion, with a trip to Spurs Lodge awaiting the winner.