Following on from an anti-homophobia match against the gay world champions Stonewall Fc in 2015 & a refugee awareness game versus FC Assyria last season; a Dulwich Hamlet side will take to the field on Wednesday 1st March against a team representing the much-respected Centrepoint charity, who focus on homelessness among young people.
Centrepoint do some great work through football, being involved in the Homeless World Cup, which is organised by the Street Football Association, who as part of Centrepoint, uses street football to positively transform the lives of homeless and socially excluded adults.
Working with professional football clubs, the SFA give men and women the inspirational opportunity to represent their country or a top team. For the game, SFA players who have represented England in The Homeless World Cup will join celebrities and former professionals on a unique team sheet to take on the Isthmian League Premier Division team.
The Centrepoint squad on the night provisionally includes:
Rappers Wretch 32 and Example, comedians Rob Beckett and Tom Rosenthal, Nottingham Forest cult hero Jason Lee, TalkSPORT’s Perry Groves and some exciting secret names.
Former Street Football Association player Billy, who played for Street Football Team England in Mexico in 2012 said:
“The Homeless World Cup was the best experience of my life. It opened my eyes to the world. It’s a personal thing and it’s about your mentality – The Street Football Association gives you the ability to have a better outlook. It made me realise that things can always get better. I wouldn’t miss this fundraising match for the world.”
Building their confidence both on and off the pitch, the programme’s emphasis is on personal development. 97 per cent of players reported an increase in confidence and self-esteem, with the same percentage seeing themselves in a more positive way after taking part.
Head of Centrepoint Sport and Chair of The Street Football Association Gareth Parker said:
‘We encourage the public and the Dulwich Hamlet community to come down to the match to support both their team and socially excluded adults changing their lives through sport. We’re hugely grateful to the club for hosting the fundraiser, they’ve been incredibly supportive and we hope to continue working together in future. As well as our own players, whom we’re massively proud of, there are some true legends turning out for us and some familiar faces that might surprise the crowd with their ability.”
Centrepoint’s Homeless World Cup stars line up alongside celebrities and former pros against Dulwich Hamlet FC
A star-studded XI representing the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint will take on Dulwich Hamlet Football Club in a fundraising match on 1 March.
Dulwich Hamlet Football Committee member George Parnavelas, who has been instrumental in setting up the night said:
“We are delighted to welcome Centrepoint to Champion Hill and strongly support the Street Football Association’s unique initiative. The match will provide awareness and recognition for their participants individual journeys. With a blend of former SFA players, professionals and celebrities lining up, it promises to be a competitive and entertaining game!”
The Hamlet Chairman Liam Hickey enthused:
“It promises to be a really fun, exciting night, but one with a very serious message, and continues our programme of being a Football Club at the heart of our local community that takes social issues that often affect our supporters extremely seriously.”
Thoughts echoed by Committee member on community issues Mishi Morath who explained:
“It’s easy to make glib statements in support of this or that, but I’m proud that at Champion Hill we don’t just make ‘token gestures’ but try to lead at our level of the game, on so many things that concern everyone at our Club.”
The match clearly has the backing of those who follow the boys in Pink & Blue week in, week out; as the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust have agreed to sponsor the match.
Address: Champion Hill Stadium, Edgar Kail Way, London SE22 8BD
Tickets are available on the door.
All proceeds taken at the game will go directly to Centrepoint to support homeless young people.
Source: Dulwich Hamlet FC