Monday 04 March 2013
Carlos Tevez has talked about how a visit to local school has made a significant impression on him, after he had made his mark on the school.
The Manchester City striker was the guest of honour at the opening of a new interactive sensory garden at Camberwell Park Specialist Support School and the Argentinian told of how meeting the pupils and staff as well as a tour of the recently transformed rainforest themed facility had a positive impact.
"Visits like this make you feel good, they almost give you strength," said Tevez. "To come and see the kids and to see how they are battling and to see that they are doing well, it does your heart good.
"It was great to see the staff too and to see that just spending a little while here has also made them happy and that does you good as well."
"To see the kids battling and doing well does your heart good"
The project is part of City in the Community's One City Disability Sport programme and will allow students to enjoy an interactive experience as well as offering plots for pupils to grow their own plants in a new, safely fenced area of the garden.
After opening the garden, Tevez also left his mark on the school - painting and signing an image of himself in a City shirt.
"It's very important as a club to make visits like this," he said. "Lots of clubs have initiatives like this but that we want to be one of the best clubs in Europe, it's the little details like this that make you a bigger and better club."
City in the Community worked together with The Prince's Trust and BAM Construction to regenerate the school grounds.
"We all feel very fortunate to have worked on this fantastic project. It is proof that when people come together for the good of the community, great outcomes follow," said Craig Bell, CITC's Community Cohesion Manager.
Head Teacher Mary Isherwood said: "The combined hard work and commitment of CITC, BAM Construction, and the Prince's Trust together with Camberwell Park School has been outstanding. We are sincerely grateful to all involved."