My personal blog on Scottish Women's Football
Saturday sees the start of a major sporting tournament that may not have hit the headlines, but is one that should be.
In Amsterdam, over the next week, the Homeless World Cup will be competed by both men and women sides from all around the world. The men’s tournament will see 47 countries compete, whereas in the women’s competition there will be 16 countries.
The Home Nations will be represented with Ireland and Northern Ireland competing in the men’s tournament, whilst England, Scotland and Wales will compete in both.
I will aim to provide some coverage and updates through the week in the women’s tournament, and see if Scotland can find World Cup glory.
You can follow all the results and even watch the matches at the competition’s website.
Why this tournament is important can be found on their site when you read their About Section:
Homelessness can force people into isolation, which affects their ability to share, communicate their thoughts, and work with others.
When a homeless person gets involved in football, they build relationships; they become teammates who learn to trust and share. They have a responsibility to attend training sessions and games, to be on time, and to be prepared to participate. They feel that they are part of something larger than themselves.
The sense of empowerment that comes from participating in street football helps homeless people see that they can change their lives; and our National Partner organizations give them the tools they need to do just that.
A survey of Homeless World Cup players showed that:
- 94% say the Homeless World Cup positively impacted their lives;
- 83% improved social relations with family and friends;
- 77% changed their lives significantly because of their involvement with football; and
- 71% continue to play the sport.
The players at the tournament are the tip of the iceberg, individuals whose efforts and dedication to National Partner programmes—and to changing their lives—have earned them the opportunity of a lifetime. The reach of the Homeless World Cup extends much farther than the 500 players who attend the annual event. The Homeless World Cup movement includes:
- 74 National Partners
- Working in 420+ cities
- With 100,000 homeless people involved every year,
The Homeless World Cup has impacted the lives of 1 million homeless people around the globe since our founding more than a decade ago.
If you can, please support this really worthwhile tournament – even if it is just tweeting about it.