Gilberto Silva, FIFA World Cup winner with Brazil and member of Arsenal’s 2003-04 “invincible” team, has been encouraging the teams of children from 19 countries at the Street Child World Cup, organised in association with Save the Children.
The former Brazil captain, who was visiting on behalf of BT supporters Club who fund Team India, Team Tanzania Team Brazil girls, spent the days speaking with SCWC co-founders John Wroe and Chris Rose, meeting the teams, watching games, giving team talks, and having lunch with the players.
After seeing the Street Champions enjoying their time at Lonier, Gilberto was keen to emphasise that the Street Child World Cup is more than just a game: “All the kids have won a big trophy just by being here. Of course after this they will win more, because they will have a different perspective on life: there’s a bright future for them.”
Gilberto says his background means he can emphasise with the Street Champions: “I have quite a big connection with the kids, because seeing the kids play reminds me of when I played on the streets. I didn’t have a start to life like theirs, I was fortunate not to be in their position, which is the hardest in the world.”
As someone who has played football across the world, Gilberto thinks the sport is the perfect vehicle for promoting the rights of children: “Football is a powerful game, and is a great sport to bring different people together to show the reality of life for the kids. I hope more people will get involved in projects like this.
“I’m happy to be part of this project, even if it is just a small part. It is great to see a project working hard to help these kids, and kids all over the world, have a better future.”
Street Child United Marketing and Communications Manager Reporting to: CEO Salary: Up to £35,000, dependent on experience Location: London, but flexible in the short term. Currently working virtually. Closing date: Sunday 4th October (11pm). Interviews...
As part of SCU’s Change10 Programme, our Young Leaders have enjoyed guest-sessions from speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds. In July, they met Mobile School, an NGO working around the world to deliver non-formal education to...
Here at Street Child United we take your privacy seriously and will only use your personal information to keep you up to date on news, fundraising campaigns, events and volunteering opportunities, through our monthly newsletter, or to process your donations.
We will not share your personal data with any third parties, or use your data to contact you for any other purpose.