Tournament Returns to Scotland for First Time Since 2005
On Wednesday evening, we were delighted to welcome Laura from “Glasgow Life” to our weekly clothing distribution service. Laura is in the process recruiting approximately one hundred and fifty people to help out in various voluntary roles during the course of the Homeless World Cup tournament and many of our service users were very keen to be involved. However, the online application process had previously been prohibitive for many.
Laura very kindly offered to come to Cadogan Street in person with paper application forms whilst also providing background information and answering any questions people may have had. Those who would otherwise be excluded from participating in such an event were inspired by her words of encouragement and readily completed their application forms.
The annual tournament, which first took place in Austria in 2003 and was most recently played in The Netherlands last year, is set to take place in Glasgow’s George Square from the 10th-16th July. Scotland have won the competition on two occasions – a record – alongside Brazil, Chile and Italy who have done so also. Afghanistan, Austria, Russia, Ukraine and last year’s victors Mexico have all won the World Cup once.
Three purpose built pitches, each surrounded by seated viewing areas, will transform George Square into an outdoor footballing venue to be proud of in July, with sixty-four sides (forty-eight men’s teams and sixteen women’s teams) set to take part. The competition’s organisers expect the total number of spectators across the week to be somewhere in the region of one hundred thousand, meaning the voluntary voles mentioned at the beginning of this article will be of great importance to the smooth running of the tournament. Entry to the tournament as a spectator is free, with no tickets required.
We hope to provide regular updates of the volunteer’s respective progress and sincerely hope the tournament is a tremendous success for everyone involved. Good luck to Robert, Caroline, Barry, Jay, Paddy and Sheila.