13 June 2012
Homeless World Cup Partner in England Homeless Football Association has launched this programme that replaces the trials system used in the past.
The Homeless FA, our new national partner for England, is piloting six Regional Training Centres. These replace the previous trials system. Players are required to complete and submit an application form, either by post or online. The deadline for applications for the Arsenal and Manchester United programmes has now passed, but the deadline to apply for a place on the West Bromwich Albion and Everton programmes has been extended until Friday 27th July. 30 players will then be selected to attend each Training Centre.
Applications are open only to those who have experienced homelessness for over 3 months since September 2011.
Over the 5 days the Training Centre will provide:
- An incredible experience at a Premier League Football Club
- Football training sessions in a 4 v 4 Homeless World Cup format
- FA Introductory qualification (FA Junior Leaders Award)
- Classroom and pitchside learning opportunities with club coaching and training staff
- A Stadium tour
The Training Centres will be a great experience and opportunity for all players, regardless of football ability. The emphasis will be on personal development and the Homeless FA will support players to increase their self-confidence, self-esteem, and offer help to improve stress management, teach leadership and a range of other life skills.
Progress, commitment and attitude during the player's time at the Training Centres (football training sessions, classroom work, attendance, communication and leadership) will be assessed and 30 men and 30 women will be invited to attend a national 'Team England Day' to be hosted by Manchester United. From this group the Team England squads will be selected to represent England at the Mexico City 2012 Homeless World Cup. 2012 will be the first year that England enters both a men's team and a women's team for the Homeless World Cup.