Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Harry Redknapp coaches homeless footballers

Emdad Rahman

Ex Tottenham Manager Harry Redknapp visited the National Football Centre at St George’s Park to coach and train the Homeless FA’s Team England.

Team England is the squad which is chosen by the Homeless FA to represent the national football team at tournaments around the world. The Homeless FA is England's national homeless football association.

The BT Sport Pundit and former West Ham United and Portsmouth manager met with 40 Team England players selected by the Homeless FA after completing the organisation’s Training Centre programme, which uses football to inspire individuals experiencing homelessness to positively change their lives. The six-week training centre programmes took place at Arsenal, Manchester City, Everton, Southampton, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Fulham, Bristol City, Norwich, Brighton and Derby County. 

Harry joined Team England’s Homeless FA coaches Taylor Hitchcock and James Buckley to encourage and advise the players who have now got a great chance to represent England at tournaments including the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam. 

Gareth Parker, the head of the Homeless FA, said of James Buckley, the head coach: "He lost his adoptive mother through cancer as a teenager, began sleeping rough but has since seen his life transform though football. “It gave him focus – he is a shining example.” 

BT Sport has awarded a grant to the Homeless FA to fund training camps for 2015, and Harry’s training visit is part of a documentary on the Homeless FA being produced by BT Sport Films, which will air later in the year.

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