Team Philippines: playing to show true potential of street-connected children

Posted on the 8th September 2017

A team of nine street-connected girls from Payatas, Manila will represent the Philippines at the Street Child World Cup (SCWC) in Moscow taking place ahead of the FIFA World Cup, now under a year away.

The team kicked-off their road to Moscow in style, announcing a new partnership with NIVEA as main sponsors for the team’s participation at the SCWC and beyond.

Fairplay For All, a non-profit organisation working in the community providing opportunities to children in street situations through football and education, will select and organise the team.

NIVEA’s support will help Fairplay For All run youth football leagues for the girls, and strengthen Fairplay’s organisational capacity and sustainability.

This will be the third time the Philippines has taken part at the Street Child World Cup, following Durban 2010 and Rio 2014. For Moscow 2018, the team shared that they are playing to show the true potential of the children who live and work on the streets, to show a little bit of care can help transform someone’s life.

Ronalyn grew up in one of the poorest slums in the Philippines and was forced to scavenge the city's rubbish for things to sell. Through football and education she found opportunities to grow. In 2014 she represented her country in Brazil at the 2014 Street Child World Cup final. Now she's coaching the next generation to achieve their dreams - just like Ronalyn did. Watch her story.

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