Glasgow to host 2016 Homeless World Cup
The Homeless World Cup Foundation has announced that the 2016 Homeless World Cup will take place in Glasgow, Scotland.
Between 10-16 July, Glasgow’s famous George Square will host the 14th Homeless World Cup, welcoming 64 teams from 51 countries to take part.
The Homeless World Cup offers homeless and marginalised people a hand-up to a better future. Since its first event in 2003, over 1 million players in 74 nations have used football to build self-esteem, improve their physical and mental well-being and ultimately change their lives. Over 70% of participants experience a significant life change – they come off drugs, alcohol, get jobs, homes, education and training, and become football players, coaches and social entrepreneurs.
George Square will be converted into an outdoor street football venue for the event, with three purpose built pitches with seating.
512 players will take part in the 2016 Homeless World Cup, and up to 100,000 spectators are expected to attend the tournament.
The organisers work with a national partner for homelessness from each participating country with the finals event being the target for the players. The participating players have all been homeless or disadvantaged and through football they have been encouraged by providing stability.
CAFE Managing Director Joyce Cook said, "The Homeless World Cup is an important initiative that promotes and practises inclusion in a very real and tangible form. We wish them the very best for a successful tournament”.
Speaking at a launch event and press conference in Glasgow, Founder & President of the Homeless World Cup Foundation Mel Young said, “What is important for me to stress is that this is significantly more than a football tournament; it's a real celebration of optimism”.
Mel was joined by Celtic FC and Scotland national team captain Scott Brown and Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee, as well as Jamie Hepburn MSP (Scotland Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health), Archie Graham OBE (Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council) and David Duke (Founder & Chief Executive of Street Soccer Scotland).
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