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Fancy a trip to Rio with the Homeless World Cup?

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The Homeless World Cup is the FSF’s nominated charity of choice and this year takes place on the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro from September 18th-28th. Along with the 64 national teams of homeless players taking part there’s also the opportunity for 30 lucky volunteers to join them on the beaches of Brazil. Nice work if you can get it!

Well actually, you can. Raise £2,300 in sponsorship and you’ll be headed to Rio along with the homeless player whose ticket, accommodation and food are all covered by the good work that you will have done.

Take Englandfans member Wil Corker (below right) who aims to raise £2,600 over the summer months by sponsored swims, cycles, and runs – including his first half marathon. He’s expecting the tournament to be unlike any other he’s been to before as well.

“It’s going to be a bit different to cheering from the stands,” said Wil. This time I’ll be organising teams and equipment, collating scores or writing blogs and match reports, but I’m really looking forward to the event. It’s a unique opportunity to meet so many different people and to help create new opportunities for them too.”

The Homeless World Cup is an annual event which started in 2003 when it held its first tournament in Graz, Austria. It uses football as a trigger to inspire and energise homeless people to change their own lives; creating opportunities both for the players and other homeless people around the world.

This year a record 64 nations will be taking part in the event on Copacabana Beach. It has triggered and developed grass roots football projects working with more than 30,000 homeless and excluded people throughout the year.

The impact is there for all to see with over 70 per cent of players changing their lives by coming off drugs and alcohol, moving into jobs, education, homes, training, reuniting with families, and even becoming players and coaches for pro or semi-pro football teams.



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