An Award-Winning Event: The 2016 Glasgow Homeless World Cup

The 2016 Homeless World Cup in Glasgow was a great success, both on an off the pitch. On the pitch, the event brought together 500 players from around the globe to celebrate inclusion and highlight the issues around homelessness. Off the pitch, a survey conducted during the event found that spectators’ attitudes around homelessness had changed positively and significantly:

  • 83% now have a more positive attitude towards homeless people as a result of attending the event,
  • 86% felt the event made them more aware of the issue, and
  • 93% agreed that the event helped raise the profile of homelessness.

These types of successes are some of the reasons why volunteers and staff at the Homeless World Cup Foundation work hard to deliver a world class event every year. If that wasn’t enough, the 2016 Homeless World Cup in Glasgow has also been recognised with four different awards.

2016 Inspiring City Awards – Sports Award


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This was the fourth edition of the Inspiring City Awards aimed at recognising people and organisations that have had a positive impact on the city of Glasgow.

The Homeless World Cup attracted more than 80,000 spectators to Glasgow’s iconic George Square, highlighting the beauty of the city and the generosity and friendliness of its residents.

The award ceremony was held on September 8th, 2016 at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Glasgow.


2016 Icon Awards – Event of the Year

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[/one_half] [one_half_last] The Icon Awards aim at recognising champions for diversity and inclusion.

Recognising diversity and the promotion of inclusion are among the core values of our event,  which is why staff at the Homeless World Cup Foundation were so pleased to hear the 2016 Homeless World Cup in Glasgow took the accolade for Event of the Year.

The ceremony took place on October 23rd, 2016 at the Hilton House Hotel in Glasgow.

Peace and Sport Awards – Event of the Year

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Created in 2008, the annual Peace and Sport Awards reward organisations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to peace, dialogue, and social stability in the world through sport.

Winners of this accolade have led projects that are symbolic of sport’s capacity to reconcile divided or opposed communities. They are an inspiration to other stakeholders for what sport can achieve on the global stage. The 2016 event in Glasgow completely captured the ethos of these awards, thus receiving the prize for Event of the Year.

The award ceremony was held in Monaco, on November 24th, 2016.


Sunday Mail Scottish Sports Awards – Event of the Year



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Aimed at recognising the best of Scottish Sports, these awards celebrate both professional and grassroots movements: from international performers, like the Olympic 2016 Team GB, to community champions for sports.

Meeting somewhere in the middle, the Homeless World Cup brings together grassroots movements at an international event, and this year’s tournament in Glasgow had what it took to take the award for Event of the Year.

The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Doubletree in Glasgow, on December 2nd, 2016.


“We are thrilled that the impact of the Glasgow 2016 tournament has been recognised through winning these four amazing awards,” said Ryan Mackie, CEO of the Homeless World Cup Foundation. ” As well as helping people who are homeless to change their own lives, the tournament changes perceptions and attitudes towards people who are experiencing homelessness.  We are delighted to accept these high-profile awards on behalf of all the players from around the world.”