The Street Child World Cup

“The Street Child World Cup” The circuit are promoting this project and is encouraging us to watch the DVD “Africa United- Anything is possible” which is 84 mins long, very entertaining and promoted by Comic Relief. The Church has a DVD, currently with Peter, it can be borrowed to view at home or at housegroup, it is anticipated that those viewing the DVD will feel inspired to donate to project for the 2014 World Cup. Retiring collections will be taken on Sunday 9th February and Sunday 23rd February to send Street Children to Brazil to the Street Child Soccer World Cup.

The Street Child World Cup is a global movement for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to. Ahead of each FIFA World Cup, we unite street children from across five continents to play football and join us in a unique international conference. Together through football, art and campaigning we aim to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children around the world. On March 27th, 2014 our 10-day tournament and conference will kick off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You can join us on the Road to Rio by signing up to our supporters club now. This is more than a game.

Methodist children and young people are encouraging local churches across the Connexion to help raise £30,000. This will sponsor two teams from Nicaragua – one male, one female – to attend the Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janeiro this year.

  In November three young Methodists visited Nicaragua, where they met with local projects through Methodist World Church partners. Andrew Topping, 18, a member of Hucclecote Methodist Church in Gloucester, was one of them:

“Our time in Nicaragua was largely spent with an organisation called Casa Allianza, which does fantastic work both in the capital, Managua, and throughout the country as a whole. The organisation is sponsored by the Amos Trust and is also responsible for the task of putting together the boys and girls teams who will participate in the Street Child World Cup. In our short time with Casa Allianza we witnessed firsthand the crucial work that they do both for the street children as individuals and also the communities from which many of them come.

“Being a keen football player myself, I jumped at every opportunity to play alongside those who would be going off to the tournament with the support of the Methodist Church. What I noticed was that the boys and girls in Nicaragua play differently to the way I have experienced people playing in England. The ball is passed about much more in the Nicaraguan game, meaning that everyone gets a good share of the ball. It is a similar style to that of Spain or Barcelona. Consequently there is greater trust amongst players, which means that those who are not as gifted receive the ball just as much as those who are clearly very skilled. I found this heartening and refreshing, not only was it an effective way to play the game but also a communal and team-spirited way. It seemed to reflect an attitude of collective and social responsibility that came across so strongly amongst those I met in my visit to Nicaragua.