Homeless world cup kicks off

2016-07-12 08:12
The South African homeless street soccer team left for the annual Homeless Street soccer World Cup in Glasgow on Friday.

The South African homeless street soccer team left for the annual Homeless Street soccer World Cup in Glasgow on Friday.

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The South African homeless street soccer team left on Friday 8 July for the annual Homeless Street Soccer World Cup, which kicked off in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday 10 July.

The tournament concludes on Saturday 16 July.

South Africa, who have been drawn in Group B, won their first match, beating Denmark 4-3 in their first outing on Day One of the tournament.

They are scheduled to play Poland, Austria and Wales in the first stage, before moving to the second group stage of the tournament.

Eight players have been selected from throughout South Africa through community-based street soccer initiatives.

This year, for the first time, the team includes two female players.

Pozisa Dipa (19) from New Crossroads, William Flandorp (21) from Phillipi, Angelo Seakhla (20) from Napier, Griszelda Magosie (26) and Faizal April (22) both from Parkwood will be representing the country from a Western Cape perspective.

They have been joined by Fuzile Boyi (29) and Michael Frans (28) from Molteno in the Eastern Cape.

The South African Homeless Street Soccer programme, managed by Oasis Place is open to youth between the ages of 14 and 35.

The street soccer programme aims to create soccer leagues in 20 local communities by 2020. The programme officially registered with and funded by theprovincial Department of Social Development, incorporates life skill training, HIV/AIDS awareness, as well as training camps in preparation for the Homeless Street Soccer World Cup.

When the team returns after the World Cup, they will be involved in positive youth development initiatives such as the Oasis Place “Reach for Your Dream” programme which empowers youth and adults to become self-sustainable members of their communities.

This year the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport contributed R150 000 to the team’s participation at the annual Homeless Street Soccer World Cup.

Provincial minister for cultural affairs and sport, Anroux Marais says she is extremely proud of the team and grateful for the management and guidance provided by the team managers, coaches and support systems.

“The team has risen above all odds and faced many challenges but they have now made positive choices, one of which is to focus on street soccer and to be involved in youth development initiatives made available to them.

“As long as there is hope, motivation, self-determination and a helping hand, anyone can reach their full potential,” says Marias.

The Homeless World Cup is a pioneering social movement which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives.

“We envision a world where anyone and everyone who is or becomes homeless can gain access to one of our National Partners’ transformative programmes.

“Our mission is to inspire homeless people to change their lives through the power of football,” says Mel Young, co-founder and president of the Homeless World Cup.


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