Our national team may not have made the final of Euro 2016 but Street Football Wales are urging you to continue roaring “C’mon Wales” as they head off to compete in the Homeless World Cup.
On Saturday July 10th the Welsh Warriors take on the Netherlands and the Welsh Dragons face Canada in the knock out stages of the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow.
In preparation for the games, Street Football Wales made light work of the legendary Constitution Hill Challenge. Players tackled the 2.2 mile cobbled hill not once, but twice kitted out in fancy dress. With its gradients of between 18% and 33% it formed part of the “C’mon Wales” campaign to help raise funds to take the teams to Glasgow.
Hollywood actor and Port Talbot boy Michael Sheen, who recently became patron of the charity which tackles homelessness, is backing the squads: “The teams’ commitment to tackling homelessness and social exclusion through football is inspirational. I admire their spirit – C’mon Wales!”
Project Leader Keri Harris said: “We would love it if the nation can get behind the Warriors and the Dragons like they did the national team. The teams have trained so hard, even taking on the gruelling Constitution Hill Challenge. So C’mon Wales, the Warriors and Dragons need your support!”
Street Football Wales helps to re-integrate those who have experienced homelessness into mainstream society and inspire them to lead healthier lives, both physically mentally.
A number of Stonegate Pubs have teamed up with the charity and are asking the public to donate old football kits from any club, of any size, at one of the participating pubs to donate to the teams in the Street Football Wales league.
Welsh language channel S4C has also teamed up with the Warriors and Dragons and will broadcasting Wales’ three Group B matches against Slovakia, England and Russia. The live match broadcasts will be accompanied by a pitch full of great programmes about football and Wales’ love for the beautiful game.
S4C Director of Content Dafydd Rhys said, “We are delighted to be working closely with a charity that through football is helping to reintegrate homeless and socially excluded people into society. It shows the power that sport has in inspiring us and bringing people together. We hope that this S4C tour will help increase awareness of the charity’s important work.”
SFW relies upon charitable donations to be able to carry out their valuable work and to take the two Welsh teams to the Homeless World Cup. If you wish to donate to SFW you can by going http://www.comeon.wales/
To watch the Homeless World Cup online log on to https://www.homelessworldcup.org/tournament/watch-online