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Editor's Viewpoint: Tournament gives homeless people hope for the future

Ruth Boyle and Matthew Gallagher from Street Soccer NI teams alongside Gerry Armstrong at a farewell reception ahead of their trip to Mexico
Ruth Boyle and Matthew Gallagher from Street Soccer NI teams alongside Gerry Armstrong at a farewell reception ahead of their trip to Mexico

Editor's Viewpoint

Giving young disadvantaged people, many of them living on the street or sofa surfing with friends, something to aim for is a first crucial step in turning their lives around. The innovative Street Soccer initiative which literally gives them a goal in life is a shining example of how to transform young people's fortunes and chances of progress. And for 18 young men and women, this weekend sees them set off on the trip of a lifetime to Mexico to take part in the Homeless World Cup.

Not only is it a world away from their normal existence, but it can also be the spur to encourage them to find a home and employment.

Good luck to them.

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