India brought a men’s and a women’s squad to the 2016 Glasgow Homeless World Cup.
The men’s team struggled in the early rounds, but scored a key win over Cambodia to earn a place in the top half of the tournament. They found themselves competing for the Men’s Bowl and landed in 24th place overall, their best performance at the Homeless World Cup.
Three wins in the first round earned the women’s squad a place in the top half of the competition as well. Falling in the quarter final to Kyrgyzstan – who would go on to face Mexico in the final – the team played their final match against the U.S. and claimed 7th place overall.[one_half]
Team India 2016 (Men’s)
|12||MD SADDAM HOSSAIN||Player|
|5||SURAJ ANIL CHAKRE||Player|
Team India 2016 (Women’s)
|CHRISTINA ROBERT FRANCIS||PLAYER|
|NIKITA NAGO GORE||PLAYER|
|AKSHAY VISHNU MADHAVAN||MANAGER|
Slum Soccer Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur aim to reach underprivileged people using football as a tool for social empowerment. They operate all over India, and engage several hundred children and young adults every day.
“We’re building our programme to ensure girls are not excluded – not just in sport but in many other spheres of society,” explained coach Aruna Natarajan during an interview at Glasgow 2016. “We try to have games with the boys and talk about exclusion. The first step in ensuring inclusion is to recognise that there is a problem. So we start by getting the girls and boys together.”
Slum Soccer India promote development through the medium of football on a daily basis. Providing socially neglected people with a chance to play football not only enhances their fitness, but also encourages skills and values like team-building, self-esteem, friendship, self-confidence, and creativity. Organized sessions with trained coaches are conducted on a regular basis, reaching as many as 700 children every day.