The Road to Mexico!!

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Liverpool Homeless Football Club are delighted to announce that 6 men and 17 women have been successful with their applications to the England Training Camps. The Homeless FA are holding training camps across the country over the next two months as they look to assemble both a men’s and women’s squad for the Homeless World Cup being held in Mexico City this October!

This year, the selection process has been altered. Rather than an open day of football trials, all applicants were asked to complete an application form. These forms were then read by the FA and the candidates who had demonstrated how much the experience would mean to them, were successful and then asked to join up with a training camp at a local Premier League Club.

The men’s training camp is being held at Manchester United. The players receive a full stadium tour, are treated to football training by MUFC in the community coaches as well as receiving classroom support and a qualification in Sports Leadership. The training camp is 5 days long and spread out over 5 weeks. After the first day, LHFC and Whitechapel goalie Sean Lennon was ecstatic commenting; “What a day, What an experience, fantastic!”. The guys have 4 more days and we wish them all the best in their attempts to get selected for the finals day in September.

Here Come the Girls!!

The fact that 17 women have been selected for the training camp at Everton is a real success story! For the past 5 weeks LHFC have been holding fun coaching sessions at the Powerleague Centre on Whittle Street. Each week has seen a decent number of women from our hostels turn up. The coaching has been provided by Everton in the Community coaches and a lot of fun has been had by all.

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Photo by Chris McIntyre

EitC representative Henry Mooney said “it’s great to see so many girls getting involved in the football! We just tried to get them active; some have played football before but many haven’t and are just enjoying the opportunity to get involved. It’s fantastic that so many of our girls have been selected to attend the Homeless Fa’s training camps. I hope this is the start of a once in a life time experience. Who knows, they could end up in Mexico representing their country!” Let’s hope so!!

Italian Show Visits LHFC

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Photo by Chris McIntyre

Last week LHFC were visited by the Italian TV show Shuffalato. The programme is a magazine style TV show that is screened on the internet. The main character is called Nikki and the show follows him as he travels around Europe visiting cities and interviewing interesting people.

Homeless football was once again, the story of the day. Nikki and his crew visited the Powerleague centre where the sun was shining and the football was in full flow! Nikki interviewed CLub treasurer Mike Salla, Craig Meddings as well as several players including Sean Lennon.

Nikki was really impressed with the standard of football and how the players were helping each other. “It’s great to see such a good team spirit amongst the guys. I can see why being part of this would be helpful to anyone” he said. “What a great project and we are so pleased to be here in Liverpool with you guys”.

We expect LHFC to be featured in October 2012 and we will keep you informed of its release. If you are curious, check out some previous episodes on the link below.

http://www.deejay.it/dj/tv/programma/videogallery/332/Shuffolato

LHFC on hand to make sure Brazillica 2012 is another huge success

Liverpool Homeless Football Club were once again part of Liverpool’s annual Brazilian festival! The festival is the UK’s largest Samba Carnival event and this is the third year running that LHFC have taken part.

The festival has something for everyone including music dance, art, sport, culture, food and film for the whole family. Football fans were treated with the Brazilica 2012 Soccer Zone. On Saturday 14th July, Soccer Zone members of the public were invited to come and show off their skills or just watch the fun between 12 and 6pm at the new site in Clayton Square.

Together with partners Liverpool Football ClubAFC Liverpool, Brazilian Soccer Schools  and  Liverpool Homelessness Football ClubBrazilica 2012 recreated the electric atmosphere of a Brazilian sports arena in Clayton Square. The event was hosted by Juice FM favourite Baz Todd.

The Soccer Zone was manned dutifully by LHFC volunteers; Steve Barton, Steve Hawkins, Craig Meddings and Gary Thomas. They hosted a range of football activities including skill-based coaching sessions, family fun penalty shoot-outs, as well as freestyle competitions. A Lucas Leiva signed football shirt raised £500 for the festival charity.

The photos were taken by LHFC official photographer Chris McIntyre.Image