The Offside Rule: Street Child United – supporting young people affected by homelessness

Posted on the 28th July 2017

By Megan Cleary

When both teams celebrate 

It wasn’t the most intimidating shotThe ball was dribbled towards the goal line and hit just hard enough to cause confusion, getting the keeper to miss it rolling past their feet. A goal is a goal though, and the lucky scorer jumped with enthusiasm and began to run around the field in the typical fashion. Untypically, however, they ended up running into the embrace of an equally enthusiastic opposing team’s defender. 

When you think about children associated with the streets, joy and enthusiasm tend to get lost in the statistics of abuse, intolerance and violence that are also associated with street life. Yet the youth that participated in the 2014 Street Child World Cup, all of who have experienced life on the streets, had nothing but joy exuding from them as they celebrated goal after goal, no matter which team did the scoring. The event, put on by Street Child United (SCU), wasn’t as much about the football as it was about giving these youth an opportunity to be heard. 

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