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A podcast hosted by the Homeless World Cup Foundation. Join us as we discuss homelessness, the unifying power of sport, and look at what goes into making the Homeless World Cup tournament happen.

Homeless World Cup Podcast HWCF

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A podcast hosted by the Homeless World Cup Foundation. Join us as we discuss homelessness, the unifying power of sport, and look at what goes into making the Homeless World Cup tournament happen.

    S2E8: Home Fixtures, with Val McDermid

    S2E8: Home Fixtures, with Val McDermid

    In this special episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast, we speak to Scottish author Val McDermid. 

    For Homeless World Cup Day 2020, Val has put together a digital collection of prose and poetry focusing on the themes of football and homelessness: Home Fixtures. The anthology features the work of 24 authors, including Ian Rankin, Jackie Kay, and Nick Hornby, with the proceeds going to the Homeless World Cup Foundation. 

    You can find out more about Home Fixtures on our website, or buy it on Amazon. 

    We talk to Val about the anthology and her love of football. After the interview you will be able to listen to five exceprts from the book read by their authors. 

    List of excerpts:



    Remember My Name - Craig Robertson

    Echo - Joelle Taylor

    The Rules of Playground Football - Chris Brookmyre

    Na Boots/The Boots - Peter Mackay

    The Holy Ball - Antti Tuomainen

    • 26 min
    S2E7: FC Give, with Caleb Olson

    S2E7: FC Give, with Caleb Olson

    In this episode, Paul and Adam speak to FC Give director Caleb Olson. FC Give is a US based grassroots organisation that aims for social change through football. As well as sponsoring Street Soccer USA at the Homeless World Cup, FC Give volunteers their time and knowledge base to hold game sessions during every tournament.

    We talked to Caleb about FC Give's model and history, his move from the corporate world into the third sector, and why pick-up football brings people together.



    FC Give website: https://www.fcgive.org/

    • 42 min
    S2E6: Street Soccer USA, with Reed Fox

    S2E6: Street Soccer USA, with Reed Fox

    Street Soccer USA started in Charlotte, North Carolina by brothers Lawrence and Rob Cann in 2004. Initially conceived as a local programme at a soup kitchen, the organisation has since grown to help over 15,000 children and adults in 14 cities around the country.

    In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast we speak to SSUSA programme manager Reed Fox. As well as exploring SSUSA’s rapid development, we look at their theory of change model, the Ladies First initiative, and their innovative response to the lockdown.

    Just a slight warning, there is one instance of mild language being used in this episode.

    • 21 min
    S2E5: The Power of Sport, with Dame Katherine Grainger

    S2E5: The Power of Sport, with Dame Katherine Grainger

    In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast we speak to highly decorated athlete and Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger.

    Katherine is a former rower and the UK’s most decorated female Olympian, with five medal wins. She has also participated in eight World Rowing Championships, coming away with six gold medals.

    As well as her athletic achievements, in 2017 Katherine was named “Dame” at the New Year Honours, as well as becoming Chair of UK Sport. She is also board member of International Inspiration, a charity that uses sport to empower young people worldwide.

    We wanted to know more about why sport is such a powerful tool, how UK Sport is dealing with the lockdown, and if sport can really return to normality following the COVID-19 epidemic.

    • 27 min
    S2E4: Framing Homelessness, with Gavin Yates

    S2E4: Framing Homelessness, with Gavin Yates

    In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast we speak to Gavin Yates, Chief Executive of Homeless Action Scotland.

    Homeless Action Scotland is the national membership organisation for homelessness in Scotland and aims to influence and support effective policy and practice to tackle homelessness. They work with local authorities, voluntary organisations, housing associations, health bodies, and individuals.

    Recently, HAS agreed to work with Crisis around the FrameWorks Institute’s “Reframing Homelessness” report, which aims to examine public perceptions of homelessness and how it can be better communicated.

    Paul and Adam speak to Gavin about how language around homelessness affects public perception, why we really aren’t as “woke” as we think, and what can be done to lessen stigma.

    If you would like to donate, please visit our donation page here.

    Thank you!

    • 39 min
    S2E3: Slum Soccer India, with Abhijeet Barse

    S2E3: Slum Soccer India, with Abhijeet Barse

    We’re back… again!

    There has been a bit of a delay between this episode and the last. The cancellation of the Tampere 2020 Homeless World Cup saddened all of us, and the sudden change of circumstances meant we had to make changes to our schedules.

    In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast, Adam and Paul speak to Abhijeet Barse, CEO of Slum Soccer India.  SSI was founded by Abhijeet’s father, Vijay, in 2001, and has brought a team to the Homeless World Cup since 2007.

    We explore Slum Soccer India’s history, its nationwide projects, and the upcoming movie about the organisation’s beginnings.

    Following the cancellation of this year’s tournament, we have launched our Virtual Stadium. You can sign up, get your seat number, and help us to have an even greater impact around the world.

    On what would have been the tournament’s final day, July 5th, we will be hosting a Homeless World Cup Day; a celebration of our work and the work of our partners and their year-round activities. By joining our stadium you will become part of our virtual fan base and have exciting content delivered directly into your inbox.

    You can also donate to us here.  Thank you!

    • 31 min

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