Jermain Defoe hosts Romford charity football tournament
PUBLISHED: 10:59 10 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 10 May 2018
Jermain Defoe Foundation
Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe was in Romford to host his charity's annual football tournament to raise money for underprivileged children in the Caribbean and the UK.
The Jermain Defoe Foundation Football Tournament took place on Monday, May 7, at PlayFootball Romford for children between the ages of 5-13.
Fourty-four teams entered the tournament with entries coming in from all around Essex, London, Kent and Hertfordshire.
The day consisted of tournaments within each age group and every participant received a medal and certificate presented to them by Jermain.
The Bournemouth striker presented trophies to the winning teams, player of the tournament and goalkeeper of the tournament.
The money raised from the tournament will go towards helping underprivileged children and current projects at the foundation include supporting Holy Family Children’s Home in St Lucia, as well as launching its own children’s home on the island this summer.
The foundation is also helping to rebuild schools in Dominica after the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, and is raising funds to help children in the UK with life-threatening illnesses, following Jermain’s close friendship with Bradley Lowery.
Jermain told the Recorder: “I think it’s been an amazing day.
“Last year was good and to be honest I didn’t think we could top that but this year was unbelievable.
“I was even surprised when I walked in and I saw the amount of people there and all the teams, I just thought ‘wow.’
“There’s a lot of hard work that goes on in the background and it’s a long day so everyone who’s helped should feel proud as we’ve done a big thing.
“It’s football and everyone comes together to have a good time but at the end of the day, it’s for an amazing cause.
“We’re lucky because we can go back to our homes tonight but there’s a lot of kids who can’t do that, not just in the Caribbean, but here in the UK.
“When you’ve been blessed in life and you’re in a position to give back, it is important to do that.”