Welcome to the Homeless World Cup Podcast
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.