Local youngsters benefit from Kompany generosity
- 12 November 2010 12:02
- Posted by David Clayton
Vincent Kompany’s determination to help local children resulted in a special night out for dozens of youngsters at the Manchester derby.
Though City regularly give tickets away to the local community through various schemes and incentives Vinny wanted to find a group of kids who, under normal circumstances, were unlikely to get to see the Blues take on United and which led to him personally purchase 100 tickets.
With the help of the club and the city council, the result was dozens of young people and their carers attending one of the games of the season.
The club worked closely with the Manchester City Council Active Lifestyles team to identify the children who would perhaps benefit the most and then Vinny recorded a personal video message on DVD that was sent to each and every child.
Those attending the match were also presented with goodie bag on the night, along with the match ticket, which included the programme, club magazine, City scarf, soft drink and chocolate.
Following the game, a dozen kids were invited pitchside to meet Vincent who stayed to chat with them and have his picture taken.
“I really enjoyed the evening and took a lot of pleasure from seeing that the children had clearly had a great night,” said Vinny.
“There are young people out there who would never get the chance to come to a high-profile game like this so I wanted to help give them the chance. It was a spontaneous thing to do on my behalf and I’m really glad I did.
As long as they enjoyed themselves and had a good time, I’m happy too
Away from football Vinny has been an ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages who are a worldwide association who help underprivileged children, many of whom have been orphaned.
He has also founded his own charity, VICA, which intends to helps kids in the Congo receive the little extras that so many of us take for granted as well as organising after school activities to encourage them to find their feet.