Homeless World Cup Foundation

The Homeless World Cup uses football to help improve the lives of homeless people around the world. We stimulate the creation of international football programmes in every continent. We organise an annual world class football tournament Homeless World Cup in a major global city to promote and celebrate the work of our International Partners.
May 11, 2012

#FootballFirst-D-Day in India

D-Day in India
D-Day in India

Written by Deborah Ball, the Homeless World Cup Foundation Director of International Development.

March 4th was D-Day in Chennai, the time when the 7 young people we had been working with took centre stage and delivered the first sessions of the #FootballFirst Coach Education Programme to 20 new coaches.

They did not have the luxury of a classroom to work in and while the billowing "walls" of the tent provided a welcome fan-like effect in the South Indian heat and humidity, it was a real challenge to keep hold of flying flipcharts and folders.

Andy, Scott and I were confident that they would do a good job, but all three of us had goosebumps at frequent intervals during the day.

To see the "Slum Soccer Seven" move seamlessly through the programme - delivering top quality sessions, coping with translation in three languages, dealing with the inevitable one or two “difficult” participants… all with endless encouragement and support to each other was truly remarkable. They also dealt with photographers and journalists throughout the day, giving interviews and posing for photos whenever required.

The team exceeded our expectations, but were positively critical of their own performance and discussed areas for improvement tomorrow, raising the bar themselves.

One of the participants remained behind to congratulate them on their skills and assured performance – pointing out that many CEO’s would struggle to deal with public speaking and presentation skills so successfully, a great boost to their confidence!

Feb 19, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

HFCA youth at training
HFCA youth at training

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 

On Saturday morning, 18 January 2012, I was able to join the Happy Football Cambodia Australia (HFCA) for one of their first soccer (football) trainings of the season with Jimmy, Head Coach, Vibol, Country Manager, and Chandara, Coach and Assistant Country Manager. After surmounting a few obstacles to secure a field, including field repairs and a surprise out-of-season rainy downpour the day before, the program pressed on and the season began. HFCA’s team of Cambodian impoverished and orphan youth were able to attend and play in the Homeless World Cup Paris on the Champ de Mars in August 2011. I was able to spend a day with them getting to know some of the youth that went and observing the work of HFCA.

When I arrived, the youth were divided into 4 groups: 16 and up, 14-16, under 14, and the girls. This is because 16 years old is required in order to qualify and play in the Homeless World Cup. The program consists of fitness, basic soccer skills training, scrimmage, and fun. Despite the fact that some of the kids did not have proper soccer gear or even shoes to run in, they were all laughing and running – as if they had no problems or concerns in the world. 

The youth come from 5 different orphanages with one driving over 3 hours just to bring their youth to this program on the weekends. Why do they do this? I was told because it is for the kids – it provides opportunity, confidence, and to spend their free time not in the streets but learning a sport and teamwork. 

During this time I was able to speak with 2 youth that were able to attend the Homeless World Cup in Paris, and one that went to HWC Melbourne.  What was interesting was that not one spoke about future success and opportunity – they all spoke about how happy they were to meet and play with players from other countries and that the most important thing was to bring their experience back to Cambodians. See my video of Homeless World Cup Beneficiaries HERE.

I also spoke with a representative from one of the orphanages (the one that drives so far just to be there). His name was Sokhom and he was with the Cambodia Kids Foundation. He said he was “happy because kids can learn football. It keeps kids from selling things at market”. He also said that 3 of his organization’s youth were able to attend the Homeless World Cups and that they were very happy.

Very happy was a common phrase that day.

For more details and pictures about my visit please visit: JacquelineInTheField 

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Feb 13, 2012

End of Project, Merry Crisis

The project "Merry Crisis" was created to raise funds and awareness for the Homeless World Cup Foundation during the Festive Season. 

There are one billion of homeless people in our world today and we have to think about them everyday. However, when the weather is miserable and we are all united with our families, around a nice Christmas meal, we also have to think of those who are on the streets, isolated or have broken the bonds with their loved ones. 

This project asked for general donations to the Homeless World Cup Foundation which uses football to change the lives of homeless people around the world. It works with a network of 74 partners in countries like Indonesia, Austria, Japan or Costa Rica. The grassroots programmes present in these countries work on a daily basis to introduce or keep football in the lives of homeless people. Football gives them a routine, the opportunity to be part of a team, a healthier life style, etc.

As per mid-February, the project is now closed. The money raised through it will go towards developing and supporting these grassroots programmes making sure they keep working on the ground but can also grow. The Foundation also delivers support-either with coaching, training or logistics, depending on what the needs of the partners are.

Thank you to all who donated. It makes a big difference in the lives of thousands of homeless people!

The Homeless World Cup Foundation Team.

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