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Homeless World Cup Podcast

Homeless World Cup Podcast

A podcast hosted by the Homeless World Cup Foundation. Join us as we discuss homelessness, the unifying power of sport, and look at what goes into making the Homeless World Cup tournament happen.
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S3E4: Cliffy Martinus
In this episode, we speak to Cliffy Martinus of Oasis Place, an NGO in South Africa. Oasis are the Homeless World Cup Foundation's Street Football Partner in South Africa. Cliffy is the founder of Oasis, and having grown up in the Cape Flats himself, he wanted to make a positive impact. After many years of community work in the Cape Flats, he founded Oasis in 2000. Recorded in late 2020, when Covid was on the rise again in South Africa, we discuss how Cliffy was asked to assist the city of Cape Town's homeless programme at the peak of the outbreak. We also discuss how Oasis is dealing with the pandemic, and how they are adapting their programme and introducing effective new initiatives such as their pop-up arena. Oasis believe in sports as a driver of social change, and teach disadvantaged young South Africans about fair play, inclusion and respect – lessons directly transferable to their own lives. Off the pitch, Oasis leverage the universal passion for football to get participants involved in various social development programmes, and keep them there.
March 9, 2021
S3E3: Homelessness and Pet Care
We all recognise that homelessness compunds difficulties that most of us take for granted. But what about pets? Pet care in the UK can be too costly, and for many people who are homeless with their pets it can seem out of reach.  In this episode, we find out more about what pet services are available for homeless people. Mariana and I spoke to Jade Statt, co-founder of charity StreetVet, and Harriet Page, outreach project coordinator for Dog's Trust's Hope Project. 
November 30, 2020
S3E2: COVID and Renting in the UK, with Andy Wightman
The covid-19 pandemic has put tenants all over the world in a vulnerable position. In April, Scotland introduced an eviction ban for those affected by the crisis that could continue until March 2021. England and Wales implemented similar protections for renters in the summer months, however the bans ended in September. People in the UK have been losing their jobs across the income spectrum, placing many people in financial stress. We wanted to know more about the threats facing renters in the UK due to the pandemic. We spoke to Scottish Green Party Housing Spokesperson Andy Wightman who has been a vocal proponent of more robust protections for renters. We discuss why the “eviction ban” may be a misnomer, how real the threat is for renters, what protections are in place, and the need for a winter eviction ban.
October 23, 2020
S3E1: Football's Faithful Fans, with Iain Whyte
We’re back! In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast, Paul and Adam speak to the Reverend Dr Iain Whyte about his new anthology book Football’s Faithful Fans, a collection of writing from 20 contributors exploring what it means to support a football team. Iain has been an avid supporter of the Homeless World Cup for many years, and he continues to be so with his new book. Proceeds from book sales will go towards the HWCF to help us keep the ball rolling. You can buy the anthology in paperback from Amazon. Having recently celebrated his 80th birthday, Iain has lived a fascinating life. We talk about his experiences working on the ground with civil rights movements in the US, anti-apartheid movements in South Africa, and meeting Dr Martin Luther King.
September 30, 2020
S2E8: Home Fixtures, with Val McDermid
In this special episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast, we speak to Scottish author Val McDermid.  For Homeless World Cup Day 2020, Val has put together a digital collection of prose and poetry focusing on the themes of football and homelessness: Home Fixtures. The anthology features the work of 24 authors, including Ian Rankin, Jackie Kay, and Nick Hornby, with the proceeds going to the Homeless World Cup Foundation.  You can find out more about Home Fixtures on our website, or buy it on Amazon.  We talk to Val about the anthology and her love of football. After the interview you will be able to listen to five exceprts from the book read by their authors.  List of excerpts: Remember My Name - Craig Robertson Echo - Joelle Taylor The Rules of Playground Football - Chris Brookmyre Na Boots/The Boots - Peter Mackay The Holy Ball - Antti Tuomainen
July 5, 2020
S2E7: FC Give, with Caleb Olson
In this episode, Paul and Adam speak to FC Give director Caleb Olson. FC Give is a US based grassroots organisation that aims for social change through football. As well as sponsoring Street Soccer USA at the Homeless World Cup, FC Give volunteers their time and knowledge base to hold game sessions during every tournament. We talked to Caleb about FC Give's model and history, his move from the corporate world into the third sector, and why pick-up football brings people together. FC Give website:
June 19, 2020
S2E6: Street Soccer USA, with Reed Fox
Street Soccer USA started in Charlotte, North Carolina by brothers Lawrence and Rob Cann in 2004. Initially conceived as a local programme at a soup kitchen, the organisation has since grown to help over 15,000 children and adults in 14 cities around the country. In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast we speak to SSUSA programme manager Reed Fox. As well as exploring SSUSA’s rapid development, we look at their theory of change model, the Ladies First initiative, and their innovative response to the lockdown. Just a slight warning, there is one instance of mild language being used in this episode.
May 29, 2020
S2E5: The Power of Sport, with Dame Katherine Grainger
In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast we speak to highly decorated athlete and Chair of UK Sport, Dame Katherine Grainger. Katherine is a former rower and the UK’s most decorated female Olympian, with five medal wins. She has also participated in eight World Rowing Championships, coming away with six gold medals. As well as her athletic achievements, in 2017 Katherine was named “Dame” at the New Year Honours, as well as becoming Chair of UK Sport. She is also board member of International Inspiration, a charity that uses sport to empower young people worldwide. We wanted to know more about why sport is such a powerful tool, how UK Sport is dealing with the lockdown, and if sport can really return to normality following the COVID-19 epidemic.
May 13, 2020
S2E4: Framing Homelessness, with Gavin Yates
In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast we speak to Gavin Yates, Chief Executive of Homeless Action Scotland. Homeless Action Scotland is the national membership organisation for homelessness in Scotland and aims to influence and support effective policy and practice to tackle homelessness. They work with local authorities, voluntary organisations, housing associations, health bodies, and individuals. Recently, HAS agreed to work with Crisis around the FrameWorks Institute’s “Reframing Homelessness” report, which aims to examine public perceptions of homelessness and how it can be better communicated. Paul and Adam speak to Gavin about how language around homelessness affects public perception, why we really aren’t as “woke” as we think, and what can be done to lessen stigma. If you would like to donate, please visit our donation page here. Thank you!
April 24, 2020
S2E3: Slum Soccer India, with Abhijeet Barse
We’re back… again! There has been a bit of a delay between this episode and the last. The cancellation of the Tampere 2020 Homeless World Cup saddened all of us, and the sudden change of circumstances meant we had to make changes to our schedules. In this episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast, Adam and Paul speak to Abhijeet Barse, CEO of Slum Soccer India.  SSI was founded by Abhijeet’s father, Vijay, in 2001, and has brought a team to the Homeless World Cup since 2007. We explore Slum Soccer India’s history, its nationwide projects, and the upcoming movie about the organisation’s beginnings. Following the cancellation of this year’s tournament, we have launched our Virtual Stadium. You can sign up, get your seat number, and help us to have an even greater impact around the world. On what would have been the tournament’s final day, July 5th, we will be hosting a Homeless World Cup Day; a celebration of our work and the work of our partners and their year-round activities. By joining our stadium you will become part of our virtual fan base and have exciting content delivered directly into your inbox. You can also donate to us here.  Thank you!
April 15, 2020
S2E2: Street Soccer Northern Ireland, with Aidan Byrne
Last December Paul travelled to Belfast where Street Soccer NI hosted a Six Nations Homeless Football tournament. Participating in the event with Northern Ireland were teams from the USA, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England. He had the opportunity to sit down with Aidan Byrne, co-founder of Street Soccer NI with Justin McMinn, to discuss the history of their football programme and why football can be such a powerful tool in fighting social exclusion. We also take a look at how Street Soccer NI operates, discuss success stories from the programme, how the 6 nations tournament came about, and what the future holds for Street Soccer Northern Ireland. To find our more about Street Soccer Northern Ireland, please visit their website: If you would like to donate to the Homeless World Cup Foundation, please visit our JustGiving page. Thank you!
March 6, 2020
S2E1: Coaching a Team, with Emily Cancienne
We're back!  In the first episode of the Homeless World Cup Podcast's second season, Mariana speaks to Emily Cancienne, professional footballer who coached the Austrian Women's team for the Cardiff 2019 tournament.  They talk about when her love of football started, being a professional footballer for SK Sturm Gratz, and the challenges of coaching a multicultural team.  To learn more about Initiative Goal, our Austrian street football partner, visit their website or Facebook page.  
February 14, 2020
S1E6: Rough Sleeping, with Lindsay Cordery-Bruce and Mike Wright
As we move into the winter months it can be hard to imagine the challenges faced by those without a place to stay. In this episode we speak to Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, CEO of Wales-based homeless outreach charity The Wallich, and Mike Wright, Senior Services Manager for Scottish homeless-support charity Cyrenians. We talk about what kind of services are available to rough sleepers, the best practices for establishing and maintaining relationships, the challenges these charities face, and some great advice on what you can do to help. You can learn more about the Wallich and Cyrenians by visiting their websites. If you would like to donate, please visit Thank you!
December 2, 2019
S1E5: South Africa's Youngest Referee, with Fezile Hlophe
Fezile Hlophe, South Africa’s youngest professional referee and one of the stars of the new Amazon series “This Is Football”, visited the tournament in Cardiff back in July and sat down with us for the podcast. He kindly talked to us about his storied young life; his childhood growing up in Soweto, his determination in the face of illness, and refereeing his first professional football match at the age of 17. You can watch This is Football on Amazon.
November 21, 2019
S1E4: Life After Football, with Jason Lee and Terry Angus
Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) representatives (and former professional footballers) Jason Lee and Terry Angus sat down with Paul and Adam during the Cardiff HWC to give an insight into the support the PFA provide to our South African Partner, Oasis. We also look into the parallels between retiring from professional football and coming home from the HWC. To find out more about the Professional Footballers' Association, please visit their website.
October 30, 2019
S1E3: Playing Your Part, with Katie Dalton
Katie Dalton, Director of Wales' housing-related support umbrella organisation Cymorth Cymru, joins us to discuss their Play Your Part '19 campaign. We go into the campaign's "Five Asks" which breaks down the simple things that you can do to help people experiencing homelessness, as well as bringing debate and entertainment space The Bevan Tent to the Cardiff 2019 tournament.  Recorded during the Cardiff 2019 Homeless World Cup.
October 10, 2019
S1E2: Michael Sheen - Bringing the Tournament to Cardiff
In this episode Adam speaks to Wales' own Michael Sheen about his journey bringing the Homeless World Cup to Cardiff. Michael kindly sat with us in the tournament HQ and discussed what led him to activism (what he calls his "non-acting stuff"), his introduction to Street Football Wales, and his vision for the legacy of the tournament. 
September 25, 2019
S1E1: The Beginning of the Homeless World Cup
The first episode of this new series details the origins of the annual global event. Adam and Paul chat to the Foundation’s co-founder, Mel Young MBE, about the journey from idea to reality, a chance encounter with the founder of Nike, and what the future has in store for the Homeless World Cup.
September 3, 2019