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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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Quick bit of news for you from The Homeless World Cup …

One of the former participants at The Homeless World Cup, a young lad living in a hostel in Lisbon, Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, has just signed for Manchester United for £7m. This season you’ll probably get to know him better as Bebe.

Full article here on the FSF website:

Big Day

12 August; Author: World Cup Willy

Big day today. It’s the charity 5 a side competition tonight. 8 teams playing and hopefully lots of spectators too.

The event should be fun rather than serious, as loads of the guys playing haven’t played for years (or more!). I’m expecting my colleagues to get a whooping and finish bottom of their group, but let’s see what they can manage before writing them off.

Raffle is afterwards, with some great prizes, and over 200 tickets sold already. I’ve had some very generous donations from a whole range of organisations and some of the prizes are very attractive. Hoping it’ll bring in a few quid too.

Watch this space for a full report!

I want to ride my bicycle … and so I did.

My new bike has been sat in the living room for about 3 months (see pic below), untouched. I’ve tightened, tweaked and played with bits and pieces. I’ve even managed to break the valve on the inner tube recently. But today, I finally managed to get out on it.

My new bike ... parked behind the sofa in the lounge

My plan was to be riding in the Suffolk Coastal Bike Ride doing 60 miles from Woodbridge up to Cove Hithe and back down again. I’d have been back in my home territory, in the beautiful sunshine, pedalling like mad for a few hours, but, as you’ll have seen in earlier posts, I’ve been struggling with a knee injury since before the end of the football season and, only now, do I think I’m in any position to start training for long distance events. My recent optimism comes courtesy of some extraordinarily simple, but very effective, treatment from my chiropractor, Dr Neil Folker, who worked wonders on my ITB (a kind of elastic band in my leg).

Anyway, back to the bike ride. Completed 10.5 miles today – my longest bike ride in about 15 years! Yes, I did it because I wanted to do it, but I also felt I should take on some hard(ish) work in a kind of sympathy-pains way, as my buddy Si Hatson was riding up and down Suffolk without me. He finished the whole route in 4hrs 25mins – a whole lot quicker than he would’ve done if I was with him. Well done, Si!

Riding bikes has been a common thing during my fundraising project …

First I met Steve Hall who landed back in England from his home in Spain without any transport or accommodation and is cycling around all 92 Football League grounds in England and Wales. He’s currently just beyond half way and has suffered on the way with all his possessions in Spain being lost to fire and a couple of days in hospital near Newcastle after being knocked off his bike by a car. Steve’s ‘doing the 92′ to support a href=”” target=”_blank”>Bjorn Heidenstrom who cycled from Oslo to Cape Town.

Yes, you did read that correctly. Bjorn cycled all the way from Norway to South Africa! His aim was to deliver the world’s largest shirt to the World Cup in South Africa to raise awareness of the world’s 45 million refugees. No fundraising – just raising awareness. An incredible effort that took 12 months and you can see the shirt on You Tube here (22 seconds in) and here.

And, just this weekend, following a recommendation from Steve Hall, I’ve found a guy, Leigh Timmis, who is cycling all the way round the world to raise £10,000 for Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre. He’ll be on his bike for months and years! You can find out more about Leigh’s amazing adventure at

The stuff I’m doing to raise money seems so insignificant compared to their efforts – they deserve as much support and encouragement as they can get. Please look out for them :)

Can you help? I’m organising an auction and raffle and need some fantastic items for my Homeless World Cup fundraising …

Tickets to events (races, football matches, concerts), weekends away in wonderful hotels, rounds of golf, signed sports memorabilia, dinner at restaurants, behind the scenes or once in a lifetime trips … and anything else you can think of.

If you can help with generous donations or interesting suggestions, please drop me an email:

Thursday night was the Crisis Square Mile Run in London (St Paul’s Cathedral to The London Eye, up and down the river a bit and back to St Paul’s). Fantastic finish crossing the Millennium Bridge with St Paul’s immediately in front. Thousands of people there, watching and taking part, and even a few people spotted me, as they saw my new shirt (with name on front and website on the back) – was one of them you?

Anyway, run complete, more people know about my project now and a trip to the physio coming up to see why my knee isn’t happy. It needs to be working right with just 11 weeks until my first half marathon. Lots of training to do before then as well!

Thanks to Rabobank for putting on a fab BBQ on their balcony, which overlooks the Thames and Millennium bridge. Photo is a bit dark, but you can see my new shirt here and the Millennium bridge lit up behind. It’s looking west down the river towards Parliament.

Getting prepared right now for tomorrow’s run around Central London. Starting at 7pm, I’ll be running with hundreds of others from St Paul’s Cathedral, along the Thames, up to The London Eye and back again, finishing (hopefully) with a sprint finish across the Millennium Bridge – 4.3 miles in total.

Look out for me in my new WILLY t-shirt (with name printed big across the front). If there are any photos, I’ll post them here later :)

I’ve just added some pics to the photos page, including some from my publicity shoot and some from my travels with England. Stop by and take a look.

Hi-res images are also available for media usage, made available without charge by Patricia at Image2 Photography. Please contact me if you would like to view these.

I’ve just arranged a photo shoot for this Monday (weather pending) so I’ve got some photos of me looking good so I can use them for this website and press releases. All being well, you’ll see the photos in the next week or so :)

My sincere thanks to Patricia at Image 2 Photography in Rickmansworth. She’s does some great stuff … go check out her website.

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.