A star-studded XI representing the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint will take on Dulwich Hamlet Football Club at Champion Hill in a fundraising match on 1st March.
The match is being organised by The Street Football Association (SFA) which, as part of Centrepoint, uses street football to positively transform the lives of homeless and socially excluded adults.
Providing hostel services in London and the North of England, Centrepoint is the leading charity for homeless young people aged 16-25, supporting over 9,000 homeless young people a year, while the Street Football Association is England’s national street football initiative for socially excluded people.
Working with professional football clubs, the SFA give men and women the inspirational opportunity to represent their country or a top team.
For the game, SFA players who have represented England in The Homeless World Cup will join celebrities and former professionals on a unique team sheet to take on the Isthmian League Premier Division team.
The Centrepoint squad includes:
Rappers Wretch 32 and Example, comedians Rob Beckett and Tom Rosenthal, Nottingham Forest cult hero Jason Lee, TalkSPORT’s Perry Groves and some exciting secret names.
Former SFA player Billy, who played for Street Football Team England in Mexico in 2012 said:
The Homeless World Cup was the best experience of my life.
‘It opened my eyes to the world. It’s a personal thing and it’s about your mentality – The Street Football Association gives you the ability to have a better outlook.
It made me realise that things can always get better. I wouldn’t miss this fundraising match for the world.
Building their confidence both on and off the pitch, the programme’s emphasis is on personal development. 97 per cent of players reported an increase in confidence and self-esteem, with the same percentage seeing themselves in a more positive way after taking part.
Head of Centrepoint Sport and Chair of The Street Football Association Gareth Parker said:
We encourage the public and the Dulwich Hamlet community to come down to the match to support both their team and socially excluded adults changing their lives through sport.
We’re hugely grateful to the club for hosting the fundraiser, they’ve been incredibly supportive and we hope to continue working together in future.
‘As well as our own players, whom we’re massively proud of, there are some true legends turning out for us and some familiar faces that might surprise the crowd with their ability.
Kick-off: Wednesday 1 March, 7:45pm
Address: Champion Hill Stadium, Edgar Kail Way, London SE22 8BD
Tickets are available on the door.
Adults: £5, Concessions: £2
All proceeds taken at the game will go directly to Centrepoint to support homeless young people.