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Bevan Tent at the Homeless World Cup

May 29th 2019

The Bevan Foundation is proud to curate the Bevan Tent at the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Cardiff.

The 17th edition of the Homeless World Cup will take place in Cardiff’s iconic Bute Park, right at the heart of the Welsh capital, from Saturday July 27th to Saturday August 3rd 2019.

More than 500 players representing over 50 countries will travel to Cardiff to play in the week-long festival of football.  Created to harness the power of sport in transforming the lives of people experiencing homelessness and social exclusion, over one million people worldwide have had their lives positively impacted by the tournament and its programmes since the first tournament in Graz, Austria in 2003.

The Cardiff 2019 Homeless World Cup bid was led by Welsh actor and activist Michael Sheen, who is taking a hands-on role in the organisation of the event. With homelessness at its worst point in decades in the city, across Wales and the UK, the tournament is working to create a legacy which has a real impact on people’s lives long after the final whistle is blown.

Working with Cymorth Cymru, the umbrella body for Wales’ homelessness sector, organisers are developing a series of sector-led appeals to government, business and the public to make positive changes to policy, funding, participation and perception.  Employment and volunteering opportunities for people experiencing homelessness or social exclusion will also exist.

Alongside the football, the family friendly tournament site will showcase the hottest acts in Welsh music on a stage hosted by Green Man Festival with a line-up of exciting artists announced in the weeks before the tournament.  A debate tent hosted in collaboration with the independent think tank the Bevan Foundation will provide a space for high profile speakers and the public to engage and educate on issues around inequality and injustice and work towards innovative solutions.  Street food from local vendors will add a further Welsh flavour.

The event- which is completely privately funded and uses no public funding – will be delivered by the Homeless World Cup Foundation in coordination with Cardiff City Council, Cardiff University, Cardiff City FC Foundation, Welsh Government, FA Wales, FAW Trust, Sport Wales, Pobl Group, Office of Michael Sheen, Green Man Festival, Working Word, PYST, Bevan Foundation, Community Foundation in Wales and Street Football Wales.

Entry to the Homeless World Cup is free and open to all.

Games will be broadcast live on YouTube via the official Homeless World Cup channel  For further information, visit https://homelessworldcup.org/ 

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