Hundreds of volunteer roles to be filled at the forthcoming Homeless World Cup – applications are now open
The Homeless World Cup 2019 is calling for volunteers to get involved with this year’s tournament, which is taking place in Cardiff’s iconic Bute Park from July 27th to August 3rd.
The global event will involve more than 500 players, representing more than 50 countries, in a festival of football designed to harness the power of sport to transform the lives of people experiencing homelessness and social exclusion.
Over 250 ‘Change Makers’ – a nod to the London 2012 Olympics ‘Games Maker’ volunteers – are being sought to fulfill a wide variety of roles across the eight-day tournament.
Key roles will include Team Guides, who will be assigned to one of the teams taking part in the tournament. Team Guides are the first point of contact for teams arriving in Cardiff for the tournament and they will assist their designated team for the duration of their stay in order to ensure they have the most positive experience possible. Other volunteering roles available include information assistants, accreditation assistants, referees, physiotherapists and pitch assistants
Organisers are looking for calm, reliable, personable problem-solvers from a cross-section of society and with a range of different work and life experiences to help make the tournament a success. In keeping with the mission of the tournament of changing the lives of people with lived experience of homelessness and social exclusion, a number of roles will be prioritised to give experience to people in these situations in the delivery of the tournament.
Due to the international nature of the competition, volunteers with a wide range of language skills are of particular interest to organisers, with French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian speakers encouraged to volunteer. However with dozens of languages being spoken by the players and staff attending, a large range of linguistic roles are available. A full list of competing nations is available here: https://homelessworldcup.org/cardiff-2019-competing-teams/.
The volunteer programme is headed up by Laura Easton, who was Head of Volunteering at the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff in 2017 and the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow in 2015. She is the Volunteer Manager for Football Association Wales Trust who are co-ordinating volunteers on behalf of Homeless World Cup Cardiff 2019. She said: “We’re so pleased to open the volunteer programme for the Homeless World Cup Cardiff 2019 to offer a range of what will truly be life-changing opportunities for individuals involved.
“With so many roles available we welcome volunteers from all walks of life. The tournament is a really great leveller for so many people. In previous tournaments I have seen company CEOs, teachers, medical professionals and families, mucking in right alongside volunteers who just six months previously may have been experiencing street homelessness. Opportunities like this can really help develop the health and well-being, social networks, confidence and skills of those of us who might have suffered social exclusion of some form.
“Once you pull on that volunteer T-shirt everyone is treated exactly the same. It’s a very special experience.”
Jade Plumley, who was part of the Homeless World Cup Welsh women’s squad in 2016, was recently recruited by Football Association Wales Trust to help deliver the volunteer programme for this year’s tournament. The 23 year old from Ely said:
“My journey with the Homeless World Cup has been incredible. At the age of 19, I was given the opportunity to represent my country, but to also lead the team as captain. There is no question that this brought extra pressure but it was something that pushed me to be the best I could be. The tournament itself is something I look back on with great pride and to see it coming to Wales is a dream come true.
“Since travelling to Scotland to represent Wales as a player in the 2016 tournament, I have continued to be part of the Street Football Wales family, both as a referee and a volunteer. And now to be working with Football Association Wales in an official capacity to help run this year’s volunteer programme is something I am very proud of.
“I would encourage anyone who is willing and able to apply to be a volunteer at this year’s Homeless World Cup in Cardiff. I can promise you it is an experience like no other.”
The closing date for general volunteering applications is Friday June 7th.
For more information about the volunteering opportunities available at the Homeless World Cup Cardiff 2019 visit: https://volunteer.fawtrust.wales/find-a-position?ID=4780b2d5-8f74-49ba-a511-d74cb193e69e.
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Background to the Homeless World Cup Cardiff 2019:
More than 500 players representing over 50 countries will travel to Cardiff to play in the week-long festival of football (Saturday July 27th – Saturday August 3rd).
Over one million people worldwide have had their lives positively impacted by the tournament and its programmes since the first tournament in Graz, Austria in 2003. Recent hosts of the annual tournament include Mexico City (Mexico), Oslo (Norway), Glasgow (Scotland) and Santiago (Chile).
The Cardiff 2019 Homeless World Cup bid was led by Welsh actor and activist Michael Sheen, who is taking a hands-on role in the organisation of the event. With homelessness at its worst point in decades in the city, across Wales and the UK, the tournament is working to create a legacy which has a real impact on people’s lives long after the final whistle is blown. Working with Cymorth Cymru, the umbrella body for Wales’ homelessness sector, organisers are developing a series of sector-led appeals to government, business and the public to make positive changes to policy, funding, participation and perception. Employment and volunteering opportunities for people experiencing homelessness or social exclusion will also exist.
Alongside the football, a debate tent hosted in collaboration with the independent think tank The Bevan Foundation will provide a space for high profile speakers and the public to engage and educate on issues around inequality and injustice and work towards innovative solutions.
Entry to the Homeless World Cup is free and open to all. For further information, visit https://homelessworldcup.org/ and follow @HomelessWrldCup on Twitter and @HomelessWorldCup on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Photography and footage from previous Homeless World Cups can be downloaded using the following links:
Launch video featuring Michael Sheen: – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/neg6r0npycau2ge/AABa5QqxkxJBm7qp8y9xJUhba?dl=0
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