Welsh team for 2012 Homeless World Cup announced
Eight talented footballers have been selected to represent Wales at the Homeless World Cup held in Mexico later this year.
Two hundred and thirty eight players took part in the selection process for the Welsh team, with 28 chosen to attend trials in mid-June.
The final 8 selected to attend the Homeless World Cup are:
The Homeless World Cup brings together teams of socially excluded people from 56 nations to demonstrate to the world that homeless people have talent, passion and potential.
Matthew Green from Cardiff plays for the Janner Giants and is looking forward to making the most of this opportunity "I can’t believe I’ve been chosen to go to Mexico! I get to visit a new country, play football and see a different culture. I’ve got to concentrate on getting even fitter now, I think we can do really well and increase our world ranking up from 50!"
Anthony Barnett from Swansea plays for the Black Swans and is excited to have been picked for the Welsh team "This rounds off a really good sporting year for me, I’m off to Mexico and my team, the Black Swans are currently top of the west Wales league. Going to the Homeless World Cup is going to be a great opportunity for me, I can’t wait to go abroad – all I’ve got to do now is sort out my passport! "
Keri Harris of Street Football Wales said "The team we’ve picked for this year’s Homeless World Cup are not only talented footballers but they have all earned their place by demonstrating commitment and a desire for change during league matches. This trip is an amazing opportunity for these young men and I hope it will be the start of an inspirational journey for them."
Huw Lewis, the Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, met with the Welsh team at a Street Football Wales event at the Pierhead Building in Cardiff on Thursday 12th July.
Funding from Sport Wales and the Welsh Government’s Homelessness Grant programme is enabling the Welsh team to attend the tournament.