Hollywood actor Michael Sheen has shown that using football to raise awareness of homelessness in Wales is right up his street.
A quote from Michael Sheen "Street Football Wales achieves incredible change for homeless adults with the most complex lives and challenges. The transformation the players make, using football as the hook, is just inspiring to witness and something we can all positively contribute towards. I first met them when I was getting ready to play the SOCCER AID match at Old Trafford, having spent the months before working on a petition to end the use of B&Bs for young homeless adults. Street Football Wales gives me an opportunity to bring together my love for football and my ambitions to create a fairer system in Wales, to really tackle social injustice. Whilst the Homeless World Cup is a great incentive and something we should all get behind, it’s the wider programme that excites me most, the impact we can all make together. As Patron, my aim is to help the team in achieving more impact, being more sustainable as it grows and to make everyone in Wales proud of their Homeless World Cup teams! Together we’ll be sharing more stories of success, calling for greater support and investment and asking you all to get Behind your national team. I hope you’ll join me in supporting the great work of Street Football Wales. "
Street Football Wales, hosted by the Pobl Group, are delighted to announce that Port Talbot-born Michael has committed to becoming the patron of the charity that helps homeless and socially excluded people in Wales. Street Football Wales Project Leader Keri Harris met with the Twilight and Frost/Nixon actor on Sunday (June 5) to discuss how Street Football Wales helps to re-integrate people into mainstream society and inspire them to lead healthier, more physically active and mentally well lives. SFW is behind such schemes as Wales’ Homeless team, currently preparing for the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow in July. Keri said: “It was an honour and a privilege to have been given the opportunity to discuss with Michael the successes of Street Football Wales and how it has benefited so many socially excluded people in Wales in recent years. “To have such a high-profile charitable figure with an extremely demanding schedule pledge his support by agreeing to become Patron of Street Football Wales is a dream come true.” Michael’s commitment follows on from the support currently being received from S4C. The Welsh-medium TV channel is organising a nationwide tour of Welsh clubs to celebrate that the Wales football team has reached the UEFA Euro 2016 Championship in France this June and to raise cash for the SFW charity. The sports-mad channel will be broadcasting Wales’ three Group B matches against Slovakia, England and Russia as Bale, Ramsey, Williams and co make history by representing Wales in its first major football tournament since 1958. The live match broadcasts will be accompanied by a pitch full of great programmes about football and Wales’ love for the beautiful game. Stonegate Pubs throughout Wales are also championing the Welsh Warriors and Dragons Homeless World Cup teams this summer. 16 of their pubs in the country are kicking-off a donate your old football shirts to SFW on June 10 and will distribute to the teams that make up the Street Football Wales league in July. SFW relies upon charitable donations to be able to carry out their valuable work and to take the two Welsh teams to the Homeless World Cup. If you wish to donate to SFW you can by going towww.localgiving.org/fundraising/thehill