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Street Soccer National Cup

June 01 2009
It‘s kicking off across Scotland! The big summer of homeless football kicks off in earnest on Sunday June 28th with the Street Soccer National Cup. Thirty-two teams from across Scotland will meet at the Glasgow Healthy Living Centre to challenge for the inaugural competition, with the winners' trophy being presented by Gordon Smith, the chief executive of the Scottish Football Association. The Street Soccer Festival is also the first step on the road to the Homeless World Cup, held in Milan between 6-13th September. David Duke, CEO of Street Soccer Scotland and the World Cup team head coach, will be using Sunday's competition to assess the talent for his squad. He said: "the Street Soccer Festival is a great opportunity for players from across the country to showcase their talents and book themselves a place in the Scotland squad for the Homeless World Cup. The inaugural Street Soccer National Cup represents the opportunity for dozens of young homeless Scottish people to change the course of their lives forever." Milan 2009 is the seventh Homeless World Cup and will see all five continents represented. Forty-eight teams will compete for glory with reigning champions Afghanistan looking to retain their crown. The international tournament is seen as a great opportunity for homeless people. Following Edinburgh 2005, the organizers reported that within a year of the finals, 77 per cent of players had significantly changed their lives by moving into jobs, training and homes, and coming off drugs and alcohol. Duke previously led the Scottish team to victory in 2007, and will be looking to achieve the same result later this year. "Taking part in the Homeless World Cup has opened many doors for me. I've been lucky enough to represent my country at four Homeless World Cups as well as coach the team to glory in Copenhagen in 2007. It is a great honour to be the only Scottish coach to have won the Homeless World Cup."