TWO teenagers from Huntingdon have been selected to form part of the England squad which will compete in the Homeless Football World Cup in Cape Town next month. Tony Peacock, 18, and Adam Banda, 19, from the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Kings Rip
TWO teenagers from Huntingdon have been selected to form part of the England squad which will compete in the Homeless Football World Cup in Cape Town next month.
Tony Peacock, 18, and Adam Banda, 19, from the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Kings Ripton Court beat 180 other homeless footballers to be selected.
The squad will head out to South Africa on September 19 in preparation for the start of the Homeless World Cup football tournament, which will run from September 23-30.
Tony, who is in his second year of a sports science course at Huntingdonshire Regional College and plays for Huntingdon Town FC, said: "Adam and I are both really excited. The coaches have really tested our ball skills and ability and how we got on with the other players and the training sessions have been really tough."
Tony and Adam are both part of a rehoming scheme and play football whenever they get the chance.
Adam, who has completed three A-levels in psychology, sociology and PE at Longsands College, said: "I can't wait to play against other countries. It's going to be hard work but a really great experience."
At a three-day training session at Carrington the team were introduced to Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown.
Tony said: "It's was brilliant to meet such high-class players, and even though I don't support the team they play for, it was good to get some tips from them."
INFORMATION: To find out more about the Homeless Football World Cup, which involves 48 countries and 500 players and is sponsored by the Big Life Company, visit www.streetsoccer.org/en/