Homeless World Cup

Intrigued to find out more? Click here for the official Homeless World Cup website.

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.

Just Giving

If you are able to donate, please visit my Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/worldcupwilly.
Every pound you give will go towards changing people's lives and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you :)

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Quick Note

Just a quick note to prevent any confusion: I'm not associated with, nor am I trying to pass myself off as, World Cup Willie, the 1966 World Cup Mascot. He's much more popular and handsome than I could ever be. If you want to find out more about him click here

Event

So … a football tournament for homeless people? Sounds a bit odd, but it’s true.

The Homeless World Cup has been running since 2003 when the first event for 18 nations was held in Graz. Now in it’s 8th year the event will be held for 64 nations and a street soccer stadium will be built on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, to host the event. More than 500 homeless participants will play in the tournament between 19-26th September and it is expected that over 70% of these will develop new futures for themselves after the event.

The Homeless World Cup is a registered charity (SC293141), based in Scotland. They use football at global and local levels as a trigger to inspire and energise people who are homeless, to change their own lives wherever they are across the globe. They have a terrific aim to be the most reputable organisation to use sports as a means for social inclusion, involving one million players, by 2012.

The Homeless World Cup is supported by a number of high-profile organisations and people including UEFA, Nike, Man Utd, Real Madrid, Rio Ferdinand and Didier Drogba with Eric Cantona as Ambassador.

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.