Homeless World Cup

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5 a side Competition

Fundraising 5 a side competition was held on 12 August and raised over £650. A full report on the evening's activities is online now. Click here to read it. Photos are also available to view - Click here to see them.

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Big Update … Quickly

18 September; Author: World Cup Willy

It has been far too long (about 3 weeks) since my last post. Leading up to The Homeless World Cup, I barely seemed to get a minute to write anything here, on Facebook or Twitter, as work, weddings and nephews took up most of my time. I only managed pack my bag the night before flying out here and am still expecting to have forgotten something.

Anyway, I am here! I landed in Rio on Thursday night (pleasant 11 hour flight with BA, followed by a ride in a car with a local volunteer whose preference was to take up 2 lanes of the highway at most times). Checked into the hostel and then had a bit of confusion with a guest whose room I was sharing … or apparently not supposed to be sharing!

Friday morning came around quite quickly and I managed to get out to explore the local area before volunteers briefing in the afternoon. The stadium has been built on Copacabana Beach, in view of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ Redentor … what a setting! Stunning!

Sounds like the organisers have had a few problems with the authorities here, so it is a bit chaotic trying to pull everything together at the last minute. Event officially starts in just over 24 hours, so not long to pull those last few bits together.

Spent many hours with the rest of the team last night stuffing hundreds of media, staff, volunteer and team name badges into plastic ID wallets but also managed to watch the fun start, as the hostel filled up with teams from all over the world. Got to meet some of the players, including teams from France, Holland, Argentina, Hungary, Portugal, Scotland, Romania and Namibia.

Highlight of yesterday was seeing the Namibian team in the hostel, singing and dancing their way down the stairs, into reception and onto the street – complete joy on their faces, as the excitement starts to take hold. I think, with so many teams staying here, with so much passion and respect between the players, the Mellow Yellow hostel is going to be the place to be!

7.37am now … breakfast time … then onto the stadium. Catch up again soon.

Ciao!

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What is this all about?

This is all about creating new futures for people ... through football. It's simple! And more than 500 people from across the world will have the opportunity by taking part in the 2010 Homeless World Cup. The event raises awareness of homelessness globally and drives people to change their lives with new health, jobs, homes, families and more. If you'd like to sponsor me, please click here.

Who am I?

I'm Wil, a football fan ... and now a volunteer at the 2010 Homeless World Cup. I've taken on the challenge of volunteering for the 2010 Homeless World Cup to combine my passion for football with a desire to help others. I'll be getting my hands dirty at the event, helping in a whole range of ways (lugging around equipment, directing teams, talking to the press, compiling results, writing blogs and more). It's a fantastic opportunity to get involved and to make a difference to so many other people's lives.