Street leagues are not about fixing peoples problems; it's about rebuilding lives using sport as a catalyst for change. It is part of the solution. It's about boosting self-esteem, self-confidence and self-discipline. Developing a sense of self worth. Feeling good about one self is one of the fundamental building blocks to moving on in life.
Our ultimate goal is to empower people to fulfill their true potential thus enabling them to take responsibility for their own futures with confidence.
This day offers a unique opportunity to meet and talk to players from all corners of Ireland who have experienced difficult times and are now striving to win the all Ireland Street Soccer Trophy and be in with a chance to represent Ireland in the Homeless World Cup.
Often considered the forgotten of society, we are urging people to come along and support these 250 men as they play their hearts out.
The event will be used to select a panel of players from which a team will be selected to represent Ireland in the 2016 Homeless World Cup Soccer Tournament, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, July 9 -17th 2016.
The Irish Homeless Street Leagues help over 500 young people participate in football leagues, which are run throughout the country. The primary target groups are the homeless, drug and alcohol dependent individuals in rehabilitation, ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed with identified learning disabilities. Not only does the Irish Homeless Street Leagues provide a social outlet for those battling many of life’s challenges, but also offers a sense of belonging, building confidence, self-belief, and team building characteristics all of which are fundamental in personal development and rehabilitation.
Patron of the Irish Homeless Street Leagues President Michael D Higgins says, "I am proud to be a patron of the Big Issue Street league program and am humbled by the efforts of those involved. It is inspirational and shows what can be achieved when solidarity and a common vision combine for the greater good".
Ambassador of the Homeless World Cup Irish Actor Colin Farrell says, "I have seen how the Homeless World Cup really does inspire homeless people to change the direction of their lives. Be part of the action and join me in the Homeless World Cup Supporters Club – change is a team effort!"
Minister for Children & Youth Affairs James Reilly, Father Peter McVerry, brother Kevin Crowley, Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon, along with other ambassadors and supporters of the Irish Homeless World Cup team will be in attendence to support the teams and present the trophies.
Date: Wednesday 27th April 2016
Venue: Postal Sports &Social Club Kiltipper road, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Time: 10.am – 2.30pm.
Press Photos: 2.45pm
For further information please contact Sean Kavanagh on 087 223 8108 or Frances Kavanagh on 087 234 7745