In a heart-warming turn of events, the footballing dreams of four children from the Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) came true as they escorted their Tottenham Hotspur idols out of the players’ tunnel for their May 20 match with Brentford FC.
The two boys and two girls, aged between 11 and 13, who were once accustomed to playing football on a humble grassy field in their village, were given the opportunity of a lifetime to step foot onto the hallowed ground of a world-class English Premier League pitch.
This extraordinary experience is one that countless young football enthusiasts around the globe have dreamt of, but only a fortunate few have had the chance to experience.
“As our students walked out onto the pitch alongside their idols, it was truly amazing to witness such an incredible opportunity. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that money simply can’t buy,” ISF executive director Chuob Vicheka told The Post.
“The excitement on their faces was priceless, and it’s something they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives,” she said.
Vicheka, who accompanied the four children to London for the event, described that for kids who are passionate about football, the opportunity to walk onto the pitch alongside their favourite players and be part of the action is nothing short of a dream come true.
“When they ran out of the players’ tunnel, their faces lit up with pure delight,” she added.
The realisation that they were about to be part of a Premier League match – surrounded by the energy of the crowd and the thrill of the game – filled them with an overwhelming sense of awe and happiness.
The experience was priceless, as it allowed them to witness the magic of top-flight professional football first-hand.
Based in Cambodia, ISF is dedicated to providing underprivileged children with access to quality education and sports programmes. Their mission is to empower the children and equip them with the necessary tools to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.
The chance to be match mascots at a Premier League game was a testament to the hard work and dedication exhibited by the four children, who have shown remarkable talent and passion for the sport.
This unique opportunity granted them a perspective and memories that will undoubtedly stay with them forever.
Vicheka further emphasised the impact of the experience.
“It’s truly inspiring to see our students achieve their dreams, represent Cambodia with honour and enthusiasm, and pursue their passions with such dedication and hard work,” she said.
“This experience will undoubtedly motivate them to continue striving for excellence in all that they do,” she added.
Through its comprehensive programmes, ISF has successfully created an environment where children can flourish and excel.
By combining education, sports and mentorship, they provide a solid foundation for underprivileged youth to realise their potential and make positive contributions to society.
As the final whistle blew at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the four children returned to their seats. The four player escorts are symbols of hope, inspiration and the incredible achievements that can be attained with determination and support, said Vicheka.