Girls to represent England at Street Child World Cup
Posted on the 27th March 2014
A team of nine girls from London are heading to Rio de Janeiro, viagra order Brazil, cialis to represent England at the Street Child World Cup, which kicks off on Sunday 30th March 2014 – two months ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
The Street Child World Cup, who recently partnered with leading children’s charity, Save the Children, is bringing up to 250 children from 19 countries to Brazil to take part in the tournament. In addition to the matches themselves, the Street Child World Cup is giving street–connected children the chance to participate in and shape the first international conference of its kind, focusing on the rights of street-connected children and the challenges they face. The Save the Children partnership gives the conference the platform to discuss these issues on an international scale with the opportunity for the children to call on political leaders to change the way they are treated globally.
The Team England girls’ team will play against eight other teams of street-connected girls from countries including Brazil, The Philippines and South Africa. The Street Child World Cup conference will give these girls a platform to discuss the injustices and gender stereotypes street girls face and to demand change.
John Wroe, Street Child World Cup CEO, said “The girls’ tournament is a statement of solidarity with street-effected girls across the world. Girls living or working on the streets are extremely vulnerable to abuse and are so often treated as less than human. Sport can play an important role in both empowering street girls and challenging the stigmas associated with them.”
Team England are sponsored by Deutsche Bank as part of its Born to Be youth engagement programme in partnership with StreetSmart, a charitable organisation that raises funds to tackle homelessness.
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.”
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 experience of young girls living in care in this country and the hurdles they have to overcome in order to make the most of their childhood and fulfil their potential.”
Sam, Team England Captain, agreed: “We want to raise awareness and challenge the stigma around children in care. Who else gets the opportunity to go to Brazil and take part in this?”
As part of their preparation for the event in March, the girls aged 14-17 from London will receive coaching from Chelsea Ladies’ and England player, Claire Rafferty, who is also a business analyst for Deutsche Bank. ‘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 to
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