England welcome Team Brazil girls to their first training session in Rio

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Roy Hodgson’s England team were delighted to welcome more than 100 young people to their Urca training base in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. The young people included Team Brazil girls from our project partners Favela Street based in Rio de Janeiro. These girls were the winners of the Street Child World Cup in April and they were only to ready to give the English advice on how to win a World Cup.

Karen Prado from Team Brazil girls said, “We went to tell England that to win a World Cup, you have to believe in yourselves, set a goal and stick together as a team. Unity is so very important. We are World Cup winners and there are so many people that now look up to us and respect us.”

Street Child World Cup were invited through our long-standing partnership with the British Consulate of Rio de Janeiro who support a number of British-founded initiatives working in Brazil. The England players in the shadow of the iconic Sugarloaf mountain seemed to enjoy their interaction with the mostly Rio-based supporters and Roy Hodgson made a special visit to our group to meet them and thank them for attending the training session.

According to the England Manager, “We were delighted to be able to welcome so many children and inspiring individuals to our training session today. Throughout our stay in Brazil we will look to engage the communities we visit and develop a deeper understanding of this wonderful country.”

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It was smiles all round for England’s first training session ahead of their opening game against Italy in Manaus on Saturday. Following the training session Team Brazil girls were guests of our partners the British School of Rio de Janeiro for a journey to the top of Sugarloaf mountain – a new experience for all but one of the girls who have lived all their lives in Rio.

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