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.
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!!