The Homeless World Cup, an international street soccer event, is coming to the UK for the first time in its short history.
Hosted in Edinburgh from 20th-24th July in Princes Street Gardens, the event will see 32 countries participate in one of the world’s biggest socially inclusive events.
There is much excitement amongst participating countries about coming to Edinburgh. Nations such as Brazil, Cameroon, Ukraine, South Africa, Japan, France and Germany will all be taking part this year.
The Homeless World Cup is an international street soccer event that highlights the positive power of sport by creating a unique setting for homeless people and people in poverty.
The concept was developed in 2001 by the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), which works on practical solutions for homelessness and poverty. Founded in 1995 the INSP today provides more than 60 street papers worldwide with a high profile networking opportunity through its headquarters in Glasgow.
In providing excluded people with access to soccer, the Homeless World Cup generates a new social impact for a marginalised target group. The feeling of belonging, challenge of working in a team, the process of regaining a health oriented attitude in life and last but not least the experience of nothing but just fun.
This is the third Homeless World Cup - the first tournament was launched in Graz, Austria, in July 2003. Backed by the patronage of the UN and UEFA the event was organised in co-operation with Graz03 - Cultural Capital of Europe.
The 2004 event in Gothenburg, Sweden attracted 26 teams and over 40,000 spectators during the tournament. 130 journalists from around the world were accredited, including 35 TV stations and over 600 articles were printed.
For information on the Norwegian team, please click here.
For More Information about the event, please contact: Homeless World Cup – Lucinda Rivers Tel: 07789 434664; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Viki Mendelssohn Tel: 07980 744048; Email: email@example.com or The City of Edinburgh Council – Shona King on 0131 529 7993