Follow in duo’s footy-steps

THE search is on for this year s Homeless World Cup England team, who will travel to Copenhagen in July to take part in the international Homeless World Cup tournament. Last year s tournament was in South Africa and the England team included two teenagers

THE search is on for this year's Homeless World Cup England team, who will travel to Copenhagen in July to take part in the international Homeless World Cup tournament.

Last year's tournament was in South Africa and the England team included two teenagers from Huntingdon, Adam Banda and Tony Peacock from the Salvation Army Hostel in King's Ripton.

The lads got through several prelimary heats but once out in South Africa the England team failed to make it to the last 15.

The Big Issue in the North Trust is once again managing the England team with training and coaching support from Manchester United Football Club. The first round of trials take place this month at Manchester United's Cliff training ground.

"Taking part in the first round of trials is a fantastic opportunity for people," said Richard Brown, managing director of The Big Issue in the North Trust. "It's a chance to meet other people from across the country and receive training from Manchester United's Football in the Community coaches, where many of Manchester United's star players once trained."

Some of the previous England team players have gone on to do coaching courses, played for non-league football teams such as Stafford Rangers or have been re-united with family members.

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The first round of trials take place in January in Salford, Greater Manchester. Players must be aged 16 or over, have a valid UK passport and be classed as homeless - which may mean living in a hostel, in supported accommodation or staying in insecure accommodation, such as sleeping on a friend's floor. Players must attend the first round of trials to be considered for the England team.

INFORMATION: Anyone who wants to take part in the first round of trials, or any agencies interested in sending players, should contact Stephen Mcluckie on 0151 702 6931 or e-mail stephen.mcluckie@bigissueinthenorth.com

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