Best Goals! Highlights from Day 1 of the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam

About the Homeless World Cup:

The Homeless World Cup is a unique, pioneering social movement which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives.

We envision a world where anyone and everyone who is or becomes homeless can gain access to one of our National Partners’ transformative programmes. Our mission is to inspire homeless people to change their lives through the power of football.

We operate through a network of more than 70 National Partners to support football programmes and social enterprise development. We provide a focus for—and celebration of—their year-round activity by organising and delivering an annual, world-class, international football tournament for national teams of homeless men and women.

The Homeless World Cup is made up of

  • Our Foundation, works with National Partners and other institutions to research and share good practices related to facing the challenges of homelessness, measures the impact of our programmes, develops policy recommendations, and acts as a global advocate for those who lack a voice: the homeless and socially disadvantaged;
  • Our annual Homeless World Cup tournament, an aspirational event that showcases the remarkable work of our National Partners on an international stage; and
  • The Supporters Club has been created to encourage global support from both individuals purchasing memberships and corporate sponsorship investment. The Supporters Club will become a hub for our global community and the platform to communicate the impact that the annual tournament has on homeless people and the projects that are delivered by our international partners.

If you have not heard of the homeless World Cup then you are missing out. It is one of the more innovative charity causes I have heard of. The problem with soup kitchens and homeless shelters are that they only serve the basic needs of the homeless. I am not saying they are not necessary and worthwhile causes but they are not fun places to be and the homeless who go there must feel a certain level of embarrassment being there.  However, the Homeless World Cup allows these homeless people to take pride in themselves. Sports are a great way of uplifting someone’s spirits and making them feel accomplished. The fact that someone could find a way to uplift the homeless while also spreading awareness and raising money is, to borrow another sport’s analogy, a home run.  I am disappointed I only recently heard about this and I hope I can find a way to get involved with this someday. Please make sure to support this charity and spread the highlights around to raise awareness.

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