Poland

Stowarzyszenie Reprezentacja Polski Bezdomnych

The Polish national homeless team is organised by Stowarzyszenie Reprezentacja Polski Bezdomnych (Polish Homeless National Streetsoccer Team Association). They use sport to promote health, education, and social inclusion, and encourage personal development. Their target groups are men and women in homeless facilities, rehabilitation centres, AA meetings, and anyone who is in danger of social exclusion. The organisation runs local and national street soccer tournaments across Poland.

Organisation Details

Participants

Homeless men and women, and people suffering from substance abuse

Locations

Across Poland

Homelessness Statistics

9600
People were sleeping rough at any given night in 2011
80 000
People received some form of shelter or financial assistance (FETANSA, 2012)

There are currently 30,151 people of concern (refugees, asylum seekers, and stateless persons) residing in Poland, but their number is likely to increase, mainly due to the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq (UNHCR, 2015).