The first Homeless World Cup was in 2003 and has engaged with over 100,000 homeless people since with an impressive 70 grass roots football programmes initiated worldwide.
This annual event gives homeless and socially marginalised players from all over the world the chance to feel accepted, represent their country and above all the courage to re-evaluate their lives. The mission to end homelessness is working with over 70% of players changing their lives following the tournament. Players have gone on to rebuild family relationships, overcome addictions, find accommodation and employment, including professional football coaches and players.
The England team, is led by The Big Issue in the North Trust and is supported by the Manchester United Foundation, Homeless Link and the England Homeless Football Network.
Wedge thinks this is a wonderful event and wishes the England 2011 team the very best of luck for the tournament. Who knows, maybe football will finally come home this year!