Irish Homeless Street Leagues
Irish Homeless Street Leagues use the power of sport to transform the lives of individuals from underprivileged, poorly educated, socially excluded, and conflicted communities. The participants are men & Women between the ages of 16 and 40 years. IHSL operate more than 10 leagues countrywide, with two in Dublin alone.
Among Team Ireland’s Patrons are President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, Colin Farrell, and Former Ireland International footballer Kevin Kilbane.
Since the 2008 economic crash, the percentage of people in consistent poverty has increased by 100%. Austerity measures have had a very negative impact, and almost 1.4 million Irish residents (30% of Ireland’s population) have been forced to endure enforced deprivation – a state of not being able to afford basic necessities such as adequate heating and two pairs of shoes (RT News, 2015; Combat Poverty Agency, 2015).