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The Homeless World Cup 2008

May 18 2009
Nationwide search for homeless footballers for the international tournament Footballers who have recently experienced homelessness are being sought nationwide for the Homeless World Cup 2008. Trials for the England team commenced on 8th January at Bristol City Football Club and will conclude at Manchester United Cliff Training Ground on 5th March. The final eight selected will travel to Melbourne, Australia, in November to compete in the international football tournament. The Big Issue in Manchester, with support from Manchester United, will be managing the England squad. Richard Brown, England team manager, said: "It is a chance to meet other people from across the country, take part in physical activity, and it is the first step towards being part of the England team." Former team members have progressed to other football clubs, coaching courses and full-time employment. Organisers aim to top the 300 people who turned up at Manchester United's training grounds to try-out for the 2007 World Cup by having open trials in various regions. The Homeless World Cup is an annual international football tournament that was set up in 2002 by Mel Young, co-founder of The Big Issue Scotland, and Herald Schmied, editor of Austrian street paper Megaphon. Supporters include Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and United Nations. For more information, email Kat Byles or visit the Homeless World Cup.