The Albion Foundation lauded for its role in unearthing and developing Stars for the Homeless World Cup!
Wednesday 30th August 2012 will go down as the day that the Albion Foundation hosted its inaugural Homeless FA development Tournament, a day which was a fantastic success enjoyed by all inspite of the horrific weather lashing against the dome.
Hosted within the brilliant setting of the Academy Dome, the tournament was run by the participants themselves having been trained in the art of how to organise and administer a tournament, with many of them eager to impress… their dream? To be selected for the Homeless World Cup in Mexico…
The event itself was the perfect round off to a great three weeks in which the participants had been taught by the Director of the Girls Centre of Excellence Melvyn Wilkes on how to coach grassroots football and how a potential career in football can provide a pathway for them to rectify the situations which led them to being homeless.
As of this week we can proudly announce that 6 of the participants from the West Bromwich Albion roster of Homeless stars have indeed been selected for International Duty. For the men’s team – Mark Wilks (Top Row 1st left), Anthony Williams-White, Shaunray Thomas (Both Bottom row) and for the women’s team – Louise Jones (Top Row 2nd), Jayde Tew (Top Row 4th),
Sophie Surridge (Bottom Row 2nd).
All in all a great three weeks in which coaches (Melvyn Wilkes, Abay Bogle, Hayley James & Raees Mahmood) and particpants themselves were breaking barriers and misconceptions about homeless people… and hopefully the Homeless National Team can teach the real National Team a thing or two – Good Luck in Mexico!