In just over one month, the second ever Street Child World Cup will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Up to 250 street-connected children from 19 countries will take to the field during the 10 day tournament uniting together for their rights and the rights of those still on the streets.
Over the past few months, the girls in Team England have been very busy making sure they are ready when they touch down in Rio at the end of March. This life changing event is a first for the girls and requires planning and effort but with such a team of energetic young girls and dedicated Deutsche Bank staff it has been an enjoyable journey, and is only just the beginning.
In addition to weekly team training, the girls have received coaching from England and Arsenal Ladies footballer Alex Scott as well as England and Chelsea Ladies footballer Claire Rafferty, who is also a business analyst for Deutsche Bank. ‘Representing your country is one thing; doing it so that others can get a better life is priceless. I am amazed by the passion and energy the girls are giving to this tournament and am delighted to be part of it.’Claire Rafferty. Here are some photos of the team in action.
Off the pitch, the girls have also gained first hand experience of Brazilian food as well as learning basic Portuguese, with a little support by Deutsche Bank staff to help equip the girls to make the most out of the experience.
Official send off
We’ll be joining the girls for their official send off event at the Royal Albert Hall next week to mark the start of the Street Child World Cup departure and the start of their adventure. We shall be following their progress on this site as well as posting live updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Official anthem launched
To mark the start of the final month, the official Street Child World Cup Anthem has been released on iTunes; having achieved an online following of more than 20,000 views already. The record not only raises awareness of the issues children living and working on the street face, but also supports the work of the charity; Hospital Records will be donating all proceeds to Street Child World Cup