Mar 01, 2013
Allianz Park welcomes children from Lesotho
Allianz Park is not just attracting headlines in the UK, but following the recent visit of a group of youngsters from Lesotho, it is now being talked about across the world.
As part of a tour to the UK organised by Touraid last month, 18 children, most of whom are orphans, arrived at Heathrow after a long and exhausting journey from the Kingdom of Lesotho. They were met by members of Braintree RFC, Allianz and Touraid, who helped facilitate their rugby based tour to the UK.
Touraid supports orphanages, projects and schools for disadvantaged children in Africa, Asia and the West Indies. The belief is that real changes can be made to help inspire the next generation of leaders, role models and mentors in their own communities and Saracens are very much in support of the great work the charity does.
Day one was a trip to the local schools with their hosts. A great experience for all involved. The next day was a visit to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School. Time was spent in various lessons, ranging from creating explosions in chemistry to doing still life in art and of course finishing with a rugby session.
After a day relaxing with their host families, the boys were very excited about spending the day at the new home of Saracens, Allianz Park. The boys were thrilled to learn new skills from the community team at Saracens as par tof the Saracens Rugby Camp Programme.
The next adventure was a trip to No. 10 Downing Street followed by a visit to Buckingham Palace, the Lesotho high commission. A day to remember!
The final day of the tour saw the boys from both TY academy and Braintree rugby club play a rugby tournament for the ‘Lesotho Cup’ with TY taking the spoils. After some emotional goodbyes, the boys were on the way back to Heathrow on the last leg of an amazing adventure, where they were welcomed home as heroes.