World Cup football launched to beat homelessness

A ball can change the worldThe Homeless World Cup has launched the official football to beat global homelessness with the message “a ball can change the world”.

The Ball can Change the World football – kicked by World Champions and Homeless World Cup ambassadors Lewis Hamilton and Marco Materazzi – is available to buy online for anyone who wishes to support the Homeless World Cup.

The size 5 ball is priced £9.99 and can be purchased at www.homelessworldcup.org/store. All proceeds go to the Homeless World Cup.

The Ball can Change the World football also features in a worldwide promo created to raise awareness of the power of football to change lives and the 2010 Homeless World Cup which takes place in Brazil later this year.

The eighth version of this annual tournament takes place on Copacabana Beach, Rio from 19 – 26 September, with 64 national teams of homeless players – including 16 women’s teams – coming together for a world class international football tournament.

RioThe Homeless World Cup is pioneering a radical level of change not seen before. 73 percent of players change their lives for the better by coming off drugs and alcohol, moving into jobs, education, homes, training or reuniting with families or even going on to become players and coaches and set up social enterprises enabling other homeless people to change their situation.

Homeless World Cup ambassador Eric Cantona said: “Everybody needs to wake up in the morning with a goal. The Homeless World Cup brings this opportunity – to go into training, to change your life.”

Club Website is proud to support the Homeless World Cup. We’ll be bringing you more on the tournament between now and September, including an interview with Homeless World Cup founder Mel Young and members of the England and Scotland teams from previous tournaments, so watch this space!

To find out more on the Homeless World Cup visit www.homelessworldcup.org.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/homelessworldcupfoundation.

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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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