The Lord Mayor congratulated the organisers, on this their 16th year bringing a team to the Homeless World Cup. Also there to meet the teams and congratulate the ladies was Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny who volunteered his services and helped coach the first team to represent Ireland back in 2003.
“I am delighted to be here”, said Stephen, “it’s amazing what has been achieved since those early days in 2003. The IHSL has helped to change so many lives. It proves the value participation in sport has to play in empowering people to fulfil their true potential.”
Lord Mayor Cllr Nial Ring who is a keen supporter of the IHSL announced that DCC are currently developing a purpose built pitch for the IHSL so the team will no longer be homeless.
“You can see what being involved means to the players and their families when you talk to them and hear their stories, the IHSL logo – A Ball Can change a Life. -‘ I think that says it all.”
Founder of the IHSL Sean Kavanagh was keen to acknowledge the support of Dublin City Council, the FAI, Dept. Youth & Children, ARUP and all the individual supporters who have helped keep the homeless street leagues alive.
"It is difficult to keep the leagues going at home and bring a team to represent Ireland in the Homeless World Cup each year, money is always a problem but it is what it is. “
He lamented the fact that they were unable to bring a ladies team to the World Cup this year.
“We pushed the boundaries with our finances last year to get girls involved and bring both a male & female team to the Homeless World Cup in Norway. We hoped it would generate interest and wider financial support but regretfully it didn’t happen and as a result we are struggling this year just to get the male team to the tournament.“
Anyone wishing to support the Homeless World Cup team can go to their
GoFundMe page - link here (or google Homeless World Cup Mexico 2018 GoFundMe)
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