World Cup hope for homeless

2019-04-16 06:01
Oasis “Reach For Your Dreams” recently held trials where they will eventually choose eight people to participate in the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff in July.

Oasis “Reach For Your Dreams” recently held trials where they will eventually choose eight people to participate in the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff in July.

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Oasis “Reach For Your Dreams” have started preparations for the annual Homeless World Cup (HWC) taking place in Cardiff from Saturday 27 July to Saturday 3 August.

Oasis is the official South African non-governmental organisation (NGO), endorsed by Homeless World Cup Scotland, responsible for selection, recruitment and participation in the Homeless World Cup.

This initiative is a sport for development activity which targets young people at risk of or getting further entrenched in the social ills faced by society.

Young people from as far as Worcester, Swellendam, the Cape Agulhas areas, Cape Metropole as well as Gauteng and Free State, through support from Oasis programmes, as well as other NGOs, recently took part in a series of trials which was used to determine eight-man team.

“We had more than 80 players trying out to make an eventual eight-man team. We have identified 25 players now after the selection tournament with another one or two rounds to go, to get to the final squad,” says Oasis team leader and founder Clifford Martinus.

The talent was scouted by Oasis and the English Professional Footballers Association (PFA). The team also carried out a series of visits to see if candidates fill the criteria set by the HWC headquarters in Scotland. “We will gather the players for a round of trials before a selected group will go on camp where their fitness and commitment will be put to the test where no smoking (at least very limited), no alcohol among others will be allowed. The week-long camp at first builds friendship, teamwork and teaches discipline; often it is here where we observe potential individuals as captain and vice-captain,” Martinus adds.

While the tournament brings together sporting talent, its main aim is to underline that the concept of homelessness is wider than simply not having a home or being from the street.

“Players may have a roof over their heads but are living in inadequate and unsafe living conditions or their living circumstances are unstable – sleeping on a friend’s sofa for example. Known as the “hidden homeless”, they are vulnerable to social ills, such as drugs, alcohol abuse and gangsterism as they have no permanent or adequate accommodation,” says spokesperson Emma Kennedy, who adds HWC seeks to raise awareness of these challenges and to change people’s mindset towards those considered homeless.

“This year is the first year we have had players try out for the team from Gauteng and the second year the Free State is involved. This marks the positive growth of the programme and makes our team truly national. The first six years were primarily Western Cape players but now there are players from five provinces,” she says.

Oasis “Reach For Your Dreams” have started preparations for the annual Homeless World Cup (HWC) taking place in Cardiff from Saturday 27 July to Saturday 3 August.

Oasis is the official South African non-governmental organisation (NGO), endorsed by Homeless World Cup Scotland, responsible for selection, recruitment and participation in the Homeless World Cup.

This initiative is a sport for development activity which targets young people at risk of or getting further entrenched in the social ills faced by society.

Young people from as far as Worcester, Swellendam, the Cape Agulhas areas, Cape Metropole as well as Gauteng and Free State, through support from Oasis programmes, as well as other NGOs, recently took part in a series of trials which was used to determine eight-man team.

“We had more than 80 players trying out to make an eventual eight-man team. We have identified 25 players now after the selection tournament with another one or two rounds to go, to get to the final squad,” says Oasis team leader and founder Clifford Martinus.

The talent was scouted by Oasis and the English Professional Footballers Association (PFA). The team also carried out a series of visits to see if candidates fill the criteria set by the HWC headquarters in Scotland.

“We will gather the players for a round of trials before a selected group will go on camp where their fitness and commitment will be put to the test where no smoking (at least very limited), no alcohol among others will be allowed. The week-long camp at first builds friendship, teamwork and teaches discipline; often it is here where we observe potential individuals as captain and vice-captain,” Martinus adds.

While the tournament brings together sporting talent, its main aim is to underline that the concept of homelessness is wider than simply not having a home or being from the street.

“Players may have a roof over their heads but are living in inadequate and unsafe living conditions or their living circumstances are unstable – sleeping on a friend’s sofa for example. Known as the “hidden homeless”, they are vulnerable to social ills, such as drugs, alcohol abuse and gangsterism as they have no permanent or adequate accommodation,” says spokesperson Emma Kennedy, who adds HWC seeks to raise awareness of these challenges and to change people’s mindset towards those considered homeless.

“This year is the first year we have had players try out for the team from Gauteng and the second year the Free State is involved. This marks the positive growth of the programme and makes our team truly national. The first six years were primarily Western Cape players but now there are players from five provinces,” she says.

Oasis “Reach For Your Dreams” have started preparations for the annual Homeless World Cup (HWC) taking place in Cardiff from Saturday 27 July to Saturday 3 August.

Oasis is the official South African non-governmental organisation (NGO), endorsed by Homeless World Cup Scotland, responsible for selection, recruitment and participation in the Homeless World Cup.

This initiative is a sport for development activity which targets young people at risk of or getting further entrenched in the social ills faced by society.

Young people from as far as Worcester, Swellendam, the Cape Agulhas areas, Cape Metropole as well as Gauteng and Free State, through support from Oasis programmes, as well as other NGOs, recently took part in a series of trials which was used to determine eight-man team.

“We had more than 80 players trying out to make an eventual eight-man team. We have identified 25 players now after the selection tournament with another one or two rounds to go, to get to the final squad,” says Oasis team leader and founder Clifford Martinus.

The talent was scouted by Oasis and the English Professional Footballers Association (PFA). The team also carried out a series of visits to see if candidates fill the criteria set by the HWC headquarters in Scotland.

“We will gather the players for a round of trials before a selected group will go on camp where their fitness and commitment will be put to the test where no smoking (at least very limited), no alcohol among others will be allowed. The week-long camp at first builds friendship, teamwork and teaches discipline; often it is here where we observe potential individuals as captain and vice-captain,” Martinus adds.

While the tournament brings together sporting talent, its main aim is to underline that the concept of homelessness is wider than simply not having a home or being from the street.

“Players may have a roof over their heads but are living in inadequate and unsafe living conditions or their living circumstances are unstable – sleeping on a friend’s sofa for example. Known as the “hidden homeless”, they are vulnerable to social ills, such as drugs, alcohol abuse and gangsterism as they have no permanent or adequate accommodation,” says spokesperson Emma Kennedy, who adds HWC seeks to raise awareness of these challenges and to change people’s mindset towards those considered homeless.

“This year is the first year we have had players try out for the team from Gauteng and the second year the Free State is involved. This marks the positive growth of the programme and makes our team truly national. The first six years were primarily Western Cape players but now there are players from five provinces,” she says.

Oasis “Reach For Your Dreams” have started preparations for the annual Homeless World Cup (HWC) taking place in Cardiff from Saturday 27 July to Saturday 3 August.

Oasis is the official South African non-governmental organisation (NGO), endorsed by Homeless World Cup Scotland, responsible for selection, recruitment and participation in the Homeless World Cup.

This initiative is a sport for development activity which targets young people at risk of or getting further entrenched in the social ills faced by society.

Young people from as far as Worcester, Swellendam, the Cape Agulhas areas, Cape Metropole as well as Gauteng and Free State, through support from Oasis programmes, as well as other NGOs, recently took part in a series of trials which was used to determine eight-man team.

“We had more than 80 players trying out to make an eventual eight-man team. We have identified 25 players now after the selection tournament with another one or two rounds to go, to get to the final squad,” says Oasis team leader and founder Clifford Martinus.

The talent was scouted by Oasis and the English Professional Footballers Association (PFA). The team also carried out a series of visits to see if candidates fill the criteria set by the HWC headquarters in Scotland. “We will gather the players for a round of trials before a selected group will go on camp where their fitness and commitment will be put to the test where no smoking (at least very limited), no alcohol among others will be allowed. The week-long camp at first builds friendship, teamwork and teaches discipline; often it is here where we observe potential individuals as captain and vice-captain,” Martinus adds.

While the tournament brings together sporting talent, its main aim is to underline that the concept of homelessness is wider than simply not having a home or being from the street.

“Players may have a roof over their heads but are living in inadequate and unsafe living conditions or their living circumstances are unstable – sleeping on a friend’s sofa for example. Known as the “hidden homeless”, they are vulnerable to social ills, such as drugs, alcohol abuse and gangsterism as they have no permanent or adequate accommodation,” says spokesperson Emma Kennedy, who adds HWC seeks to raise awareness of these challenges and to change people’s mindset towards those considered homeless.

“This year is the first year we have had players try out for the team from Gauteng and the second year the Free State is involved. This marks the positive growth of the programme and makes our team truly national. The first six years were primarily Western Cape players but now there are players from five provinces,” she says.

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