BT SPORT ANNOUNCE STREET CHILD WORLD CUP TEAM FUNDING

BT Sport and their Supporters Club have announced grants for three of the Street Child World Cups teams. Teams Brazil (girls team), Tanzania and India will each receive a two-year investment for their sports programmes working directly in support of local street children.

BT Sport: The Supporters Club

Street Child World Cup, Chief Executive John Wroe: “We’re delighted that BT Sport have joined the Road to Rio 2014 and we are grateful to the Supporters Club for their backing. For each of these teams this support will ensure that they continue their focus in giving street children the rights that they are entitled to.”

The grants will be managed by Comic Relief through the Street Child World Cup, Amos Trust and Action for Brazil Children’s Trust.

Team Brazil (girls) come from the IBISS charity who work in the toughest 60 slum communities in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), where many children’s lives are affected by violence and drug gangs. Money raised by The Supporters Club will be used to deliver football schools to mentor children and help them see a positive future for themselves, away from a life of fear and intimidation.

Team Tanzania who took part in the Street Child World Cup 2010 are represented by Caretakers of the Environment charity based in Mwanza who provide emergency support, on-going rehabilitation and education to the Mwanza’s street children.

Tanzania Footballers

Team Tanzania footballers

Team India work on the streets of Chennai supporting hundreds of children living around the railway station and seven slum areas. The grant will enable access to education, medical care, health education and the support they need to feel safe. Sport plays a major role in reaching these children and helping them have stability and feel part of a team.

BT Supporters Club enables BT Sport customers to simply add £1, £3 or £5 to their monthly bill and BT will match it pound for pound – doubling the donation.* BT is also covering the costs of the fund, which is managed by Comic Relief. This means every pound will be working as hard as possible to make a real difference.  BT is also creating TV programming which will be broadcast on BT Sport to show customers the difference their donations are making. For more information please go to www.thesupportersclub.org

*Up to a total of £1 million. The Supporters Club fund is managed by Comic Relief, registered charity No. 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).

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  • “No child should have to live on the streets.  I commend the Street Child World Cup for providing a platform for the rights of street children to be heard.”

    Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Former Prime Minister
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