Welcome to the Homeless World Cup Podcast
In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast we speak to highly decorated athlete and Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger.
Katherine is a former rower and the UK’s most decorated female Olympian, with five medal wins. She has also participated in eight World Rowing Championships, coming away with six gold medals.
As well as her athletic achievements, in 2017 Katherine was named “Dame” at the New Year Honours, as well as becoming Chair of UK Sport. She is also board member of International Inspiration, a charity that uses sport to empower young people worldwide.
We wanted to know more about why sport is such a powerful tool, how UK Sport is dealing with the lockdown, and if sport can really return to normality following the COVID-19 epidemic.
In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast we speak to Gavin Yates, Chief Executive of Homeless Action Scotland.
Homeless Action Scotland is the national membership organisation for homelessness in Scotland and aims to influence and support effective policy and practice to tackle homelessness. They work with local authorities, voluntary organisations, housing associations, health bodies, and individuals.
Recently, HAS agreed to work with Crisis around the FrameWorks Institute’s “Reframing Homelessness” report, which aims to examine public perceptions of homelessness and how it can be better communicated.
Paul and Adam speak to Gavin about how language around homelessness affects public perception, why we really aren’t as “woke” as we think, and what can be done to lessen stigma.
We’re back… again!
There has been a bit of a delay between this episode and the last. The cancellation of the Tampere 2020 Homeless World Cup saddened all of us, and the change of circumstances meant we had to make changes to our schedules.
In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast, Adam and Paul speak to Abhijeet Barse, CEO of Slum Soccer India. SSI was founded by Abhijeet’s father, Vijay, in 2001, and has brought a team to the Homeless World Cup since 2007.
We explore Slum Soccer India’s history, its nationwide projects, and the upcoming movie about the organisation’s beginnings.
Last December Paul travelled to Belfast where Street Soccer Northern Ireland hosted a Six Nations Homeless Football tournament. Participating in the event with Northern Ireland were teams from the USA, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England.
He had the opportunity to sit down with Aidan Byrne, co-founder of Street Soccer NI, to discuss the history of their football programme and why football can be such a powerful tool in fighting social exclusion.
Also covered is how Street Soccer NI operates, success stories from the programme, how the Six Nations tournament came about, and what the future holds for Street Soccer Northern Ireland.
To find our more about Street Soccer NI, please visit their website.
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In the first episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast’s second season, Mariana speaks to Emily Cancienne, professional footballer who coached the Austrian Women’s team for the Cardiff 2019 tournament.
They talk about when her love of football started, being a professional footballer for SK Sturm Gratz, and the challenges of coaching a multicultural team.
As we move into the winter months it can be hard to imagine the challenges faced by those without a place to stay. In this episode we speak to Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, CEO of Wales-based homeless outreach charity The Wallich, and Mike Wright, Senior Services Manager for Scottish homeless-support charity Cyrenians.
We talk about what kind of services are available to rough sleepers, the best practices for establishing and maintaining relationships, the challenges these charities face, and some great advice on what you can do to help.
Fezile Hlophe, South Africa’s youngest professional referee and one of the stars of the new Amazon series “This Is Football”, visited the tournament in Cardiff back in July and sat down with us for the podcast. He kindly talked to us about his storied young life; his childhood growing up in Soweto, his determination in the face of illness, and refereeing his first professional football match at the age of 17.
You can watch This is Football on Amazon.
Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) representatives (and former professional footballers) Jason Lee and Terry Angus sat down with Paul and Adam during the Cardiff HWC to give an insight into the support the PFA provide to our South African Partner, Oasis. We also look into the parallels between retiring from professional football and coming home from the HWC.
To find out more about the Professional Footballers’ Association, please visit their website.
Katie Dalton, Director of Wales’ housing-related support umbrella organisation Cymorth Cymru, joins us to discuss their Play Your Part ’19 campaign. We go into the campaign’s “Five Asks” which breaks down the simple things that you can do to help people experiencing homelessness, as well as bringing debate and entertainment space The Bevan Tent to the Cardiff 2019 tournament.
Recorded during the Cardiff 2019 Homeless World Cup.
To find out more about Cymorth Cymru, please visit their website.
In this episode Adam speaks to Michael Sheen about bringing the Homeless World Cup to Cardiff. Michael sat with us in the tournament HQ and discussed what led him to activism (what he calls his “non-acting stuff”), his introduction to Street Football Wales, and his vision for the legacy of the tournament.
The first episode of this new series details the origins of the annual global event. Adam and Paul chat to the Foundation’s co-founder, Mel Young MBE, about the journey from idea to reality, a chance encounter with the founder of Nike, and what the future has in store for the Homeless World Cup.