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What effect did the England squad have on Bafokeng?
Last Updated: June 10, 2011 12:04pm
England used the village of Bafokeng as their base for the 2011 World Cup - but what impact did their stay have on this semi-autonomous corner of Rustenburg?
Fabio Capello's squad had been scheduled to branch out into the community after the first knockout stage, but their defeat to Germany curtailed their stay in the Royal Bafokeng Nation.
Despite this, Royal Bafokeng Sports Director Gary Parker-Nance, who runs the facility which hosted England, feels its overall profile was boosted.
Parker-Nance said: "It's a full kitted-out facility. Unfortunately on the first practice day when England had just arrived Rio Ferdinand was injured so he was treated here.
"The high performance gymnasium is here too. Bafana Bafana have had three training camps here and the coaching staff of the Springboks have been here too."
Ezzy Seabalo of Bafokeng Sports Development highlighted the inspiration local children derived from having world-class footballers nearby.
Seabalo said: "We've now formed teams in the villages here and we're welcoming teams like Bafana Bafana. Football has become the best sport ever here in Bafokeng.
"We are fortunate because our kids had the opportunity to watch England practicing and playing friendlies, so then we opened our Under-12 academy for 2011 because of the World Cup."
Local businesses were also beneficiaries as many England supporters stationed themselves close to the squad's base - with local bars and pubs showing a particularly steep rise in profit.
Bafokeng Sports Managing Director George Khuno stated: "People made more money than they ever thought. Even small businesses tripled (turnover). There was just money flowing through this village."