England was represented at the Street Child World Cup Rio 2014 by a girls’ team made up of young people who have experienced homelessness in London. The team was organised by Islington Council’s Independent Futures and New Horizon’s Youth Centre.
As part of their preparation for the SCWC, the girls received training from from Arsenal in the Community and Chelsea Ladies’ and England player, Claire Rafferty, who is also a business analyst for Deutsche Bank – Team England sponsors.
‘Representing your country is one thing; doing it so that others can get a better life is priceless. I am amazed by the passion and energy the girls are giving to this tournament and am delighted to be part of it.’ Claire Rafferty
England forms part of the United Kingdom which also includes Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Population (UK): 62.8 million
“I refuse to accept less than the love I know now I deserve” Team England
The girls starred in their own BBC Three documentary, Street Kid World Cup, shown in June 201. The documentary challenged the negative perceptions of young people in care, and gave the girls an opportunity to have their voices heard.
The girls were inspired by the Street Child World Cup, the young people they shared the experience with and the challenges they have all collectively overcome. The girls continue to support their friends from Rio and street children across the world, and are determined to raise awareness and support through future fundraising events. You can read more here.
Born to Be is Deutsche Bank’s new corporate citizenship youth engagement programme. Born to Be seeks to break the cycle of youth unemployment through early intervention. It targets 11-18 year olds at risk of exclusion with education-led projects that aim to increase achievement, develop employability skills and raise aspirations.
In addition to helping the girls prepare for the trip, employees from Deutsche Bank’s women in business network will support the girls via mentoring, employment training and work experience post the Street Child World Cup.
Colin Grassie, Deutsche Bank UK chief executive, said: “Helping young people reach their full potential is at the heart of our corporate citizenship agenda. We know many young people in care are less likely to achieve at school, with devastating effects on their future prospects for employment and social mobility. Through sponsoring Team England, we hope it can lead to greater opportunities for the girls and those they inspire along the way.”
Established in 1998, StreetSmart is a charitable trust that raises funds to tackle homelessnessthrough an annual fundraising campaign aimed at restaurant diners and hotels guests. During November and December a voluntary £1-per-table is added to diners’ bills at top-class restaurants and hotels in 19 UK cities. Over 500 restaurants participate including OXO Tower, St John, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and The River Café. The donations are collected and distributed to hostels and projects dedicated to helping homeless people and to charities working to prevent homelessness amongst young people. Every penny raised in each city goes to help those in need in that particular city. Since StreetSmart was established, the charity has raised in excess of £6.3 million and currently provides funding to 110 organisations across the U.K.
Glenn Pougnet, CEO at StreetSmart commented: “Through our successful eight year partnership with Deutsche Bank we have helped hundreds of homeless people return back to independent living. Our support for Team England is an important opportunity to shine a light on the plight of young girls living in care in this country and the hurdles they have to overcome in order to stay off the streets”
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