In 2003 whilst working for The Big Issue Cymru, I was tasked with getting a team of homeless people together to represent Wales at the inaugural Homeless World Cup tournament. This was not only a life changing experience for the players – it was life changing for me too as I realised that Wales needed a programme that offered social inclusion through sport. SFW has made several transitions over the last ten years from being run completely voluntarily, to not existing due to funding ending, to rising from the ashes and signing a business partnership agreement with Gwalia (who are now hosts), to now successfully registering as a charity (CIO)…..What all this means, in a nutshell is that SFW has grown from one league with 8 teams run voluntarily in Swansea to 4 leagues with 40+ teams, including volunteering, time banking and employment opportunities for participants. We also participate at the annual Homeless World Cup tournament and at present we have no direct funding towards this so rely on fundraising, sponsorship and donations from business and members of the general public. In 2015 we took part in the tournament with our Welsh Dragons (male) and Welsh Warriors (female) team and are hoping to attend with both teams in Glasgow, Scotland later this year. Please help us make a difference.
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04 Sep, 2015
Very best of luck, see you at the tournament tomorrow! Shelter Cymru
14 Aug, 2015
Good luck all from the Community Housing Cymru Group! See you at the tournament
06 Aug, 2015
Good luck with the fundraising. From Cardiff Community Housing Association
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