The 12th Homeless World Cup will take place in Santiago, Chile in October 2014 and Street Football Wales (SFW) hopes to take a male (Welsh Dragons) and female (Welsh Warriors) team there. Over the 10 years that SFW have been involved in the Homeless World Cup (HWC) they have never been able to secure full financial support towards the teams and therefore participation for Wales in the Homeless World Cup is dependent entirely on fundraising. As a supporter and partner of SFW, The Young Foundation is leading this campaign so that the teams can focus on winning the Homeless World Cup!
The Homeless World Cup (HWC) was founded by Mel Young from Scotland and Harald Schmied from Austria, who came up with the idea at a conference on homelessness in Cape Town, 2001. They both believed that it was possible to “change the lives of homeless people through football” and two years later in 2003, the first Homeless World Cup tournament took place in Graz in Austria.
Today, the main role of the organisation is to coordinate the work of its 70 national partners by providing support and guidance in football and management skills, to help grow and develop sustainable programmes which have a positive impact on the lives of homeless and excluded people all around the world.
At the annual HWC tournament, the national partners come together to demonstrate how football has the power to change people's lives. The tournament also celebrates the year-round work of the organisation and creates an opportunity for players to represent their country and meet and build relationships with homeless people from other countries. It also lights up the hearts and minds of everyone it touches and changes people's attitudes to homelessness – in all cities where the tournament is held, people who are homeless report improved relations with the public.
Why are we crowdfunding?
The total estimated cost of this trip is £30,295 and we've managed to raise about £21,000 through sponsorship and from various fundraising activities, but we're struggling to find the last few thousand to make this dream of participation a reality.
From flights and accommodation for our team of 30, to food, airport transfers, passport applications, and more, we need to make sure all of these expenses are taken care of. Please help us reach our goal of raising £12,220 and by doing so you'll be changing the lives of everyone involved in Street Football Wales.
The impact Street Football Wales has on the community
SFW completed an Impact Questionnaire in 2013 with the participants rating themselves in relation to a number of life areas. In 2013: 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 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 SFW completed an Impact Questionnaire in 2013 with the participants rating themselves in relation to a number of life areas. In 2013: 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 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.
Why is The Young Foundation involved with Street Football Wales?
In 2013, The Young Foundation launched the Wales Accelerator - a unique programme that combined expert tutoring, business support and social investment to propel promising social ventures towards large scale success. Street Football Wales was one of the participants and whilst they have since graduated from the Accelerator, we are committed to helping everyone that's been involved with The Young Foundation in whatever way we can.