Street Child United host Manchester United in Rio and win a trip to Old Trafford in return

Posted on the 11th April 2016

Fresh on the heels of hosting the inaugural Street Child Games, doctor the Street Child United Rio de Janeiro office hosted Manchester United Football Club in Rio this weekend. The club, story led by legends Dwight Yorke and Quinton Fortune were welcomed to the SCU Safe Space pitch built with the support of Chevrolet F.C. in Complexo da Penha favela.

Dwight Yorke said: “We’re here in Penha, remedy in one of the roughest area of Rio and we’re stunned by the surroundings. There are so many talented kids who deserve an opportunity. This pitch built by Street Child United and Chevrolet provides that. This is a great cause and I am delighted on behalf of Manchester United football club to be here.”

Former MANU players Dwight Yorke & Quinton Fortune visit Safe Space pitch in Penha, April 2016
Former MANU players Dwight Yorke & Quinton Fortune visit Safe Space pitch in Penha, April 2016

The pitch was built as a safe space alternative to the dangerous streets, so that children of the neighbourhood can play in peace. Street Child United employs four local coaches to teach key issues like conflict resolution, gender equality and life skills through football to local children to keep them away from the dangers of street life.

Following the visit, #iLoveUnited a fan-focused event was held on the world famous Copacabana Beach screening live the Tottenham v Manchester United game. There was also a 3×3 football tournament with the chance of a trip to Old Trafford as the prize. Street Child United were invited on behalf of HCL and Chevrolet to participate and the Chevrolet team proved victorious against some very tough opposition.

Quinton Fortune meets children in Penha
Quinton Fortune meets children in Penha

Joe Hewitt from the Rio office said: “Street Child United are so proud of Gabi, Biel and Rayssa who took part in the 3×3 tournament and came out victorious. The pitch in Penha was built to give these young people a safe space to play and reach their potential. Today they have proven their potential and will now visit Old Trafford which is a dream come true!”

Photos courtesy of: Gustavo Oliveira/WBRPhoto

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