Van der Vaart and wife Sylvie enjoy Olympic jaunt by the pool

The Tottenham midfielder, his partner and son Damian took in the sights of the global event taking place right on their doorstep this summer, with tickets to the aquatic centre

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart took some time away from his club's pre-season preparations in order to take a trip to the Olympic Games.

Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, the Netherlands aren't competing at this summer's games, so he was there merely as a spectator, but he was flanked by his wife Sylvie and son Damian.

But with tickets to watch the swimming, he and his family are sure to have been entertained by the exploits in the pool.

Taking in the sights | The Van der Vaarts enjoy the sights in the Olympic park

Rafa is only just back in the country, having been on tour with Spurs in America recently, and it's safe to say that his family are glad to have him back in town if the pictures are anything to go by.