Street Football Wales
Street Football Wales is a social inclusion project run in Wales. They run street football leagues across Wales, select the Welsh Homeless World Cup Team, and pride themselves on providing a supportive and non-judgemental environment to those who have been rejected by society and offer them a way to improve their situation.
Street Football Wales are helped in achieving their mission by their national ambassadors, who are important figures in Welsh football: Ashley Williams (Swansea City defender and national team player), Loren Dykes (Bristol Academy and national team player), Ash Randall (professional football freestyler and 17 times Guinness world record holder), and Cheryl Foster (Wales’ most capped player and record goal scorer).
In 2013, 23% of people (about 700,000) in Wales lived on less than 60% of the average UK wage (Oxfam, 2013). According to Save The Children, Wales also has the highest child poverty rate in the UK (BBC, 2014).
More than 15,000 people sought council help for being homeless in Wales during 2011 (BBC, 2012). Between July to September 2014, 1,365 households applied to be considered homeless. At the end of September 2014, there were 2,300 households in temporary accommodation (Welsh Government, 2014).