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Get Wales to the Homeless World Cup 2014

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Street Football Wales (SFW) is a social inclusion charity that has struggled for many years to gain financial support. It uses football as a tool to engage with some of the most disadvantaged people in society. It's impact on people's lives has been transformational.

In a questionnaire completed last year by 353 of the 560 participants, the following statistics demonstrate the positive impact that SFW can have on people’s lives:

87% said their mental health had improved
87% said their physical health had improved
63% said their drug or alcohol intake had lessened
77% said their relationships with support improved
74% said their living conditions had improved
91% said their confidence & self esteem improved
82% said their motivation to learn new skills or start working had increased
89% said their football skills had improved

Homeless World Cup 2014
The Homeless World Cup (HWC) is being held in Chile in 2014. The tournament creates an opportunity for players to represent their country and meet and build relationships with homeless people from other countries.

SFW has only attended one HWC outside of Europe, and Wales are still the only home nation to have missed a Homeless World Cup Tournament. The 12th annual Homeless World Cup tournament will be held in Santiago, Chile from 19-26 October. The eight day tournament will see 64 nations and more than 500 players competing for the World Cup title. The Welsh Warriors and Welsh Dragons are hoping to travel to the World Cup on 17th October, depending on funding. They have never been able to secure external financial support for a Welsh team and therefore participation for Wales is dependant entirely on fundraising.  

Why are CHC supporting Street Football Wales?
As a sector, SFW’s aims and the issues they work to tackle to help those in need mirror so many of our own. SFW is helping to change and improve lives, reducing social exclusion and increasing empowerment and progression opportunities for so many people and so we are pleased as a sector to be able to help this great cause.

The Welsh housing sector want to help get the Welsh Warriors and Welsh Dragons teams to this years HWC. Community Housing Cymru are therefore raising money over the next few months through member contributions and a number of fundraising activities. A number of staff are also running the Cardiff 10k on 7th September to raise donations for the charity.

Please support Street Football Wales through making a donation or sharing this page with your family and friends.

You can see how Street Football Wales has changed the lives of homeless people in this youtube clip:
You can also find out more about Street Football Wales on their website here: Street Football Wales

Lets get Wales to the homeless World Cup!


Phillipa Knowles

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