Dwight’s Philanthropy

Questions and Answers with Dwight Yorke
April 30, 2018

Off the Field With Dwight Yorke

 

Dwight Yorke is an intriguing football speaker who spent his playing career at some of the biggest teams in the world; with a high profile public persona. Dwight is a popular choice of sports speaker and attends many events as a guest or after dinner speaker.

Further complimenting his work as a sports speaker Dwight has completed training to become a professional football coach; he now plays an integral role in the training and development of the bright young stars of international football. Alongside this Yorke works as a football speaker and pundit for Sky Sports.

Alongside his work as an after dinner speaker Dwight has done his bit to raise money and awareness for charitable organisations, in 2011 Dwight Yorke completed the London Marathon, covering the twenty six miles in 3 hours and 32 minutes. Dwight is also heavily involved in the local and regional cricket teams in his home country; an avid cricket fan Yorke can often be seen at games as well as helping train the players and even acting as water boy for his favourite team!

Through the hosting of the annual Dwight Yorke Invitational Golf Tournament in Tobago, proceeds would go towards funding the charitable work of the Dwight Yorke Foundation.

The Foundation was launched with the objective of improving and enhancing the lives of the less fortunate living in the sister isle with a focus on the holistic development of the youth. Apart from providing the staple necessities of food, clothing, shelter and education, it also identifies young sporting talent and provide financial support, guidance and mentorship to help them on their path to success.

Dwight continues to appear in several charity football and cricket matches as well as golf tournaments for worthy causes.

He has endorsed several items with authentic signatures including some of his former playing gear to be auctioned off for several charitable causes.

In 2016, Dwight Yorke took on a leading role in working with Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation’s (BHHF) Football Initiative.
He stood excited about inspiring young refugees to be as great as they can be, learning this competitive sport and working together to create individual dreams and goals for the future. Mr. Yorke’s involvement is a demonstration of his kind heart and giving nature, the BHHF stated on its website.

He travelled to Kurdistan to inaugurate one of the two football fields. His presence was noted as exceptional in that the inspiration he provided as one of the top players in the field ensured these vulnerable young adults would see value in how much sports can give to them in terms of lessons, communication, camaraderie, goal setting and belief in the future and what it can hold.

“ He captures for these youth the true spirit of the game. BHHF is honored to have this great team player be part of their vision of creating hope and a better future for these children,” BHHF stated.

In 2011, Dwight ran the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for VISION, the charity that supports his son, Harvey.

 

Yorke takes up ambassador role with Education and Football Academy in Dubai

The former Manchester United striker took up a role at the GEMS Education and the ESM Football Academy in Dubai last September.
Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has become an ambassador for the GEMS Education and the ESM Football Academy in the UAE.

“As a member of the FIFA Development Committee, I am extremely passionate about helping young footballers achieve their immediate and long term goals,” said Yorke, who will begin in his role this month.

The former Trinidad and Tobago international is well-versed with the challenges facing footballers in small countries and hopes to use his experiences to guide young talent in the UAE.

“I can understand the challenges of playing football in a small country and really relate to their dreams of playing in the major football leagues around the world.

“Many young players and parents feel it’s not possible to have a future playing here in the UAE. I can tell you, coming from the Caribbean, anything is possible.

“To see what ESM Football Academy have been doing for the last 12 years in the UAE is very encouraging and it’s only going to get better. This is where it starts and we’ll be implementing the best options and methods for each player at the academy, to give them structure and the opportunity to have a bright future.”

GEMS Education and the ESM Football Academy have also partnered to launch the GEMS Football Cup in the GEMS Sport Series, which creates healthy and competitive sports among students within the GEMS network.

Sir Christopher Stone, chief education officer, GEMS Education, said: “Having a sports legend like Dwight Yorke as a mentor is every young footballer’s dream come true. At GEMS Education, we welcome this excellent opportunity to develop our students’ extra-curricular sporting skills.”

Managing Director at ESM Football Academy, James Bowring, said: “ESM Football will stick to its strong long-term vision of helping produce quality players in the UAE, and giving boys and girls the opportunities to consider a professional career in the ‘beautiful game’ post their studies.

“We all understand the importance of development of young players here in the UAE. Dwight Yorke will be a fantastic addition to our development programmes, offering an invaluable insight in to playing at the highest level. This experience and view point will benefit the talent we have here and help produce a new generation of players.”