Thursday, August 01, 2019

More than a game

"The football is the hook", said Michael Sheen of the Homeless World Cup in an interview with Buzz editor Fedor Tot - though equally enticing for me personally was the post-match music. Work and pre-planned holidays may have prevented me from attending as much of the tournament as I would have liked, but I have caught a few games plus live performances from James Dean Bradfield, Gwenno, Alffa and Rosehip Teahouse, and have reported back on a brilliant event for Buzz. The feel-good factor, the camaraderie and the sheer joy have been great to witness.

Hats off to all of those involved, especially Michael Sheen, who has not only thrown himself wholeheartedly and tirelessly into the role of master of ceremonies but has backed the tournament at considerable personal expense. His energy and enthusiasm have come to epitomise the event as a whole.

You can see that it's living up to its billing as a life-changing experience for those taking part. Here's hoping that it can inspire the collective action necessary to tackle the scourge of homelessness and ensure that the lives of others beyond Bute Park are also transformed.

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