Former Charlton defender Paul Elliott is helping to make the 2010 World Cup safer in South Africa.

Elliott, 44, made over 60 league appearances for the Addicks before spells at Luton Town, Aston Villa, Celtic and Chelsea.

A knee injury forced him to retire in 1992. He is now Director of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT).

One of CACT's aims in South Africa is to help turn children away from crime and educate them to make better life decisions.

Elliott said: "The project is run with CACT and the South African government.

"We try to use football to promote social good and make the kids feel safer.

"It's very important in the build-up to the World Cup. There have been problems of racial abuse, violence and rape.

"We go into schools to coach, and speak to the kids, and also work alongside the South African police. It's been a fantastic success so far."

"Charlton have led the way with Community work for years.

"They are the Manchester United of the Community sector."

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