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.

Just Giving

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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

Posts Tagged ‘Photos’

I’ve been a busy boy today, running around outside Wembley Stadium taking snaps of the Kinetic 5s fundraising event. Funds generated from this event go into the bursary fund to assist some nations in getting their team to the 2011 Homeless World Cup in Paris. It’s not often I get to spend a whole day with my camera, so I really enjoyed my time behind the lens. I’m still very much an amateur, but here’s a little selection for you to view.

By the way, today’s event will have raised a few thousand pounds!

It has begun … the flagship event for The Homeless World Cup Foundsation is now underway, having started on Sunday with a thrilling 7-6 win by Brazil over fellow South Americans, Chile.

On Copacabana Beach is a stadium with two street soccer pitches built on top of the sand. Inside the stadium are hundreds of players, all full of nerves and excitement, wanting to change their lives through and wanting to do so through football. I´ve spoken to many people here, coaches, players, charity workers, all thrilled by the opportunity to be here and grateful to their sponsors for supporting them on their journey here.

My job since the start of this fabulous event has been to work in the Media & Communications team, getting the tournament news out to the world through the website. I´ve fallen on my feet a bit, as the team needed someone to take photos for the news and match reports and I had brought my DSLR camera with me. I´ve never taken so many photos in such a short space of time … and the subject is one of my favourites, too!

Walking round with my camera, I´ve caught people´s attention and been able to talk to them. It seems the combination of football and a camera will bridge any language issues. Genuinely, there is so much excitement among the players, even if they´ve suffered a 15-0 loss (and there have been a couple of those!) and it´s great to be a part of that. Teams have travelled here from the opposite side of the world, they´ve left war-torn countries, they´ve escaped tragedy hit countries and communities and now have the chance to take their lives forward through their passion for football. I really am pleased to be part of this event.

I´m probably waffling a bit, but my mind has jumped back to yesterday when South Korea took a 9-2 battering by the inform Costa Rica. The Koreans are short on players and their goalkeeper is a guy recovering from alcoholism, who is old enough to be my dad. He stands in his goal, thick-framed glasses on, gloves and shirt a bit too big for him, but full of enthusiasm for the next 14 minutes of this adventure in Brazil. The goals fly past him, as his does his best to parry the ball to safety and he just keeps getting up for more. From the stands, the crowd are chanting “KO-RE-AH, KO-RE-AH”, givig everything they can to encourage the underdogs and this continues to the end of the match when the Koreans leave the pitch. At this point, Hary, a ref from Australia (he is such a top guy – love him to bits already, after meeting him just 3 days ago) beckons the Koreans back to the pitch to face the crowd … who are still chanting KO-RE-AH. Any sign of disappointment in the Koreans´faces simply disappears as they watch, listen and bow to the cheering masses. The guys are thrilled, elated by this experience, really feeling something so special from it. This is what it´s all about – football breaking down barriers and creating passion and excitement among the players, regardless of who they are.

For those back home who are interested, the England team are doing fine. They have won two matches and lost one, scoring 20 goals in the process.

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.

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.