A two-part documentary, which aired this week,on BBC Three marked the journey of 'Team England' at the Street Child World Cup.
The documentary followed ‘Team England’ on their ‘Road to Rio’, from training in North London with Arsenal in the Community to the tournament in Rio de Janeiro in April earlier this year. A total of 230 children from 19 countries, who have either lived or worked on the streets, took part in a football tournament and a unique conference highlighting the issues children face on the streets.
The two part documentary, followed the nine girls, aged 14 – 17, who have all experienced homelessness or who have had to leave their family home as children, through training in London, to the event in Rio. It marked the highs and lows of their journey, the matches played and the friendships made. The team left a clear mark on the tournament, being awarded 'most friendly team' at the close of the event, reflecting the bonds formed in the two week tournament.
Team England continue to be sponsored by Deutsche Bank as part of its Born to Be youth engagement programme in partnership with StreetSmart, a charitable organisation that raises funds to tackle homelessness. Both organisations believe that life chances should not be determined by background and together our investment is helping these young girls develop their skills and aspirations to make the most of their talents.
As part of the sponsorship, employees from the Bank’s Women in European Business (WEB) network will support the girls via a mentoring programme to help them make the most of their experience and continue their life paths towards realising their potential.
The documentary can be viewed on BBC iPlayer here
For more information about the sponsorship, click here