Homeless World Cup hopefuls hold activity day

by Foundation of Light

Participants continue their bid to be part of England squad.

Participants in a Foundation of Light programme are to deliver sports activities to Year 8 pupils at a local school in their bid to become part of the England squad at this year’s Homeless World Cup.

The 30 participants on the Homeless World Cup programme will deliver a carousel of activities to approximately 60 year 8 pupils at Farringdon Sports College as they work towards a Junior Sports Leaders Award that enhances personal skills and improves life chances.

The Homeless World Cup programme is run in partnership with the Homeless FA, who use football to give every person experiencing homelessness in England the opportunity to positively transform their life.

The Foundation of Light, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC,  is running one of only nine training centres in the country, with attendees hoping to gain a place in the English national squad which will attend the Homeless World Cup in Poland in September this year.

The programme, running one day a week for five weeks, sees participants undertake a Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership qualification centred around the areas of communication, confidence, leadership and organisation.

The group of 30 will be assessed at the end of the programme on teamwork, listening, communication, respect, responsibility, including others and punctuality with two males and two females progressing to the national training camp.

Programme coordinator Rob Grainey commented: “The Homeless World Cup programme is a fantastic way of improving the lives of homeless people, using football to engage them in activity that will make a real difference to them. We’re honoured to be one of just nine training centres and are very grateful for the support of Farringdon Sports College in giving us the opportunity to help our course participants improve their skills and gain valuable experience.”

“The Homeless World Cup is based around personal development and inclusion more than footballing proficiency and all of our participants must be applauded for making the decision to try and make a huge personal change.”

The Foundation of Light (formerly known as SAFC Foundation) is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC which works with more than 42,000 people every year. The organisation uses the power of football to inspire, involve and educate children, families and adults across the North East through programmes that can improve their lives. Structurally and financially independent of the football club the organisation relies on fundraising for 90% of project costs.