JRF taking youngsters from Grenada to Homeless World Cup

THE JASON Roberts Foundation has announced that it will select a team for the Homeless World Cup (HWC) to represent Grenada for the second time.

Trials started on April 14 in Grenada, where eight players (aged 16-32) will be picked to represent Grenada at the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow 2016.

The 2016 Homeless World Cup will take place in the heart of Glasgow, from July 10-16.

The final squad will be announced at the end of May and the team will travel to England to visit the JRF’s programme in London, before traveling up to Scotland.

It is once in a lifetime opportunity for young people, and it is only the second time the country will be at the international event. Some of the young people have never had a passport before or left the island of Grenada.

The Homeless World Cup is a unique, pioneering social movement, which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives.

Homelessness can force people into isolation, which affects their ability to share, communicate their thoughts, and work with others.

Since 2001 the Homeless World Cup each year touches the lives of 100,000 homeless people all through the game of football.

Former Premier League star Roberts said: “It is a real honour to be invited to the HWC for the second year and it’s been incredible seeing the young people we took to Amsterdam develop and now coaching and mentoring the new core of participants.

“Last year was an unbelievable experience both for the participants but also for myself and my Foundation. I have experienced first-hand how football can have a positive impact on people’s lives and it is one of the main reason why we are happy to be involved with this great organisation.”

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