Spurs supports SOS Children's Village

In 2007, Tottenham Hotspur formed a partnership with SOS Children's Villages, the world's largest orphan charity.

In 2007, Tottenham Hotspur formed a partnership with SOS Children's Villages, the world's largest orphan charity.

The charity helps more than 70,000 children by providing a home, a mother and family life in 518 special villages around the world. The main role of SOS Children is to give a home to children whose parents are not there.

The Spurs team works with SOS Children's Villages in different ways. Every member of the first team sponsors a child through the charity. This means that they give money to help a child in one of the charity's villages. The children they sponsor get a home and are welcomed into a new family with a new mother to look after them. These homes are built in villages where the children can meet and play with children from other homes.

Tottenham and England defender, Michael Dawson got to meet Aubrey, the child he sponsors, during the 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa, and again during the 2011 Vodacom Challenge. Unfortunately, when Michael first met Aubrey, the young lad was wearing a Manchester United shirt!

As well as sponsoring children, Tottenham Hotspur helped pay for a new home in a village in Rustenberg, South Africa. The centre is uniquely funded. All of the money that the centre needs comes from Tottenham Hotspur's players fines. This means, if the players are late for training or are late for the bus when the club is playing away, the fines they pay to the club go to help the children. Every year, the club visits the centre as part of their community work.

In 2012, Spurs organised the Celebrate 4 Mum competition to help raise awareness of the SOS Childrenís Villages Mums Matter campaign. The team asked their fans how they would celebrate scoring a goal if their mum was in the crowd. Fans from around the world sent videos showing off their celebration moves, but it was a 12-year-old fan called Isaac from South Africa whose video drew the biggest cheers. Isaac's video showed him performing a back flip at his SOS Children home. The best 5 videos were shown on a big screen at half-time during a Premier League match. 35,000 football supporters chose Isaac's impressive celebration as the best by cheering the loudest for his video.

The partnership between Tottenham Hotspur and SOS Children's Villages is a great example of how the spirit of football and the Premier League can reach children around the world.

Image: Michael Dawson and Aubrey - Action Images - Pool Pic Livepic

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