Sports Management Bulgaria
Sports Management Bulgaria run the Team of Hope project. They have been a Homeless World Cup Partner since August 2011.
More than 100 men and women with an average age of 22 join the project every year. They train twice a week under the guidance of four volunteer coaches. The participants come from the three largest Bulgarian cities – Sofia, Plovdiv, and Varna.
A large group of their participants are Refugees from Africa (particularly Mali and Eritrea) who suffer discrimination and social exclusion. One of the aims of the Team of Hope projects is to provide social integration through football.
Bulgaria receives large number of refugees, particularly from Africa.
Homelessness is also common among the large Roma community who in general suffer from discrimination, lack of adequate policies, and stigma, which affects their housing conditions. Many of them live in illegal houses with no electricity or running water (FEANTSA, 2014).