With the build up to the 2014 Football World Cup gathering momentum it can seem as though ‘the beautiful game’ has taken over the planet.
Amidst the hype and the marketing, it is good to be reminded that for many the tug of football runs far deeper, affecting lives and transforming futures.
For one such group of people, football has truly changed their life. The Homeless World Cup uses the power of football to energise homeless people so they can change their futures.
Arising out of a conference on homelessness, the first Homeless World Cup took place in 2003 and has been an annual fixture ever since. The project gives people a chance to relearn team and life skills, to step out of isolation and to learn again to trust and share.
Seeking to document this experience photographers Anthony Epes and Oz Dror turned to Crowdfunder and to the power of the crowd to raise £2,200 to help to fund a mission to photograph players and to capture their stories at the 2012 Mexico tournament.
The project has now officially launched, and thanks to the Crowdfunder campaign, will be exhibited at Downstairs at Mother from 6th-13th June and then transfer to Spitalfields Market as part of the East End Film Festival from 16th-22nd June.
To find out more about the project and the people behind the campaign, visit the Crowdfunder project here.