Team Philippines, with Fairplay for All Foundation gear up for the 2018 Street Child World Cup in Moscow, Russia next week.
On Wednesday, 2 May 2017, Team Philippines Street Child World Cup (SCWC) held a press conference in Global City Taguig to unveil the 9-girl team that will compete in the 2018 Street Child World Cup in Moscow which will kick off on 10 May.
Team manager Roy Moore of Fairplay For All Foundation gave an overview of what the competition is all about.
“What the project aims to show is when we care for people, this is what’s going to happen.
“When we show we care, everybody wins.
“With all of these issues that we’ve talked about with the Street Child World Cup, the children who’ve lived on the streets… children who we’re given no chance in life but through their own understanding and experience, they can achieve so much more and when we show we care for kids like these, we can achieve so much.”
The 2018 Street Child World Cup is going to be held in Moscow, Russia and the final is going to be held in the Red Square.
“We’re hoping to be part of that (the final),” says Roy Moore.
Next to face the media is Team Philippines’ Coach Ronalyn.
Ronalyn was actually part of the 2014 squad that reached the final in Brazil.
Coach Ronalyn scored the all-important goal in the semifinal four years ago that booked the the Philippines to the championship game against hosts, and eventual champions, Brazil.
Now, she is the coach of a new generation of the Philippines’ delegation as she helps these young athletes reach greater heights by opening new opportunities not just in football but in life overall.
The Philippine Team, aside from Fairplay For All Foundation, is also supported by Nivea.
The participating athletes will also be provided university scholarships by Kulczyk Foundation of Poland after the tournament.
The Street Child World Cup is a 7 a side soccer competition where teams are made up of street children. The thrust of the tournament is to provide a platform for homeless street children to open their eyes on the possible opportunities and futures that lay in front of them if they are guided and taken care of properly.
In closing, team manager Roy Moore of Fairplay For All Foundation shared to the media in attendance the following:
“We really want to help the community to solve the problem. We really want to solve what’s going on and help in the long run.
“The interesting thing… If you take homelessness, for example, it’s actually cheaper to solve homelessness than to ignore it. So this is what we mean by ‘everybody wins’.”
Team Philippines SCWC 2018 is made up of the following individuals:
Althea, 14 years old, of Payatas FC
Angela, 16 years old, of SOS Children’s Village – Davao
Ana, 14 years old, of Dream Big Pilipinas
Annabel, 15 years old, of Project FIRSTGOAL – Kalibo
Hendra, 17 years old, of Benguet
Margie, 17 years old, of Cebu
Regine, 16 years old, of Payatas FC
Rose Ann, 16 years old, Payatas FC
Trisha, 17 years old, of Cebu