Lewis Hamilton to make pit stop as Homeless World Cup heats up

Homeless World Cup Milan logoFormula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton will take a pit stop tour of the Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup tomorrow (Thursday).

In Italy for the Grand Prix at Monza this weekend, the British driver will stop by to support the annual tournament which uses football to energise homeless people to change their lives and one with which Club Website is proud to be a partner.

Attending as a guest of Homeless World Cup funders the Vodafone Foundation, Hamilton will kick off the day’s play at Milan’s Arena Civica, whilst also meeting players from 48 nations as they take the opportunity to stand proud, represent their country and change their lives forever.

Having got underway on Sunday, the tournament will be heating up just like a starting grid before race time by the time the McLaren Mercedes driver arrives.

The tournament is in its fourth day and the action on the pitch has been relentless.  The opening group stage came to a close yesterday with 1,226 goals scored in 120 matches across the eight groups of the four-a-side tournament.

Seven teams – Nigeria, Portugal, Ireland, Mexico, Ukraine, Netherlands and Brazil – came out of the opening stage with a 100 percent record, while the British nations were doing themselves proud.

Scotland finished second behind the Dutch in Group E after four wins and a draw. In Group D England finished joint top with Russia and Chile after four wins out of five while Wales didn’t fare quite so well in Group A, finishing fourth on six points after wins over Japan and Kazakhstan.

The secondary group stage got underway today with the trophy stage to follow and Club Website will keep you up to date with all the action as we move towards the climax of Finals Day on Sunday.

A ball can change the world

Club Website is a proud to partner the Homeless World Cup, which has been helping homeless people across the globe turn their lives around since its launch in 2003.  Some 40,000 homeless players are currently engaged in grassroots football programs in over 70 nations around the world.

RThe Homeless World Cup - a ball can change the worldesearch shows that over 70 percent of players at the Homeless World Cup experience a significant life change.

They come off drugs and alcohol, move into homes, jobs, education, training and repair relationships. Some even go on to become coaches and players with semi-pro teams and social entrepreneurs.

Show your support

If you wish to lend your support to the Homeless World Cup, you can get involved in three easy ways:

1. Make a donation / 2. Join the fan club / 3. Buy the T-shirt

To find out more, visit www.homelessworldcup.org.

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Freelance writer, editor and copywriter, with a passion for grassroots sport. A right back turned football writer, Dan is the former editor of Club Website and has been lucky enough to work in the field of grassroots and community sport for the last 10 years.

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