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FanDuel backs refugee team in football tournament

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FanDuel, the fantasy sports games firm, is sponsoring a team of refugee footballers – Street Soccer United – who will take part in this week’s Homeless World Cup in Glasgow.

The newly-formed team, made up of refugees living in Scotland, were drafted in by the organisers following a late decision by Canada to withdraw from the men’s tournament.

They will join Group B along with Poland, South Africa, Austria, Denmark and Wales. The tournament kicks off today.

FanDuel, founded in Edinburgh in 2009, is a household name in North America with more than six million registered users and next month will launch its first product in the UK – a one day fantasy football game designed exclusively for the UK market aimed at revolutionising the fantasy sports market in the UK.

Nigel Eccles: (photo by Terry Murden)

Nigel Eccles: (photo by Terry Murden)

Nigel Eccles (above), CEO and co-founder said;  “While planning the launch of our UK fantasy football game we learnt about the fantastic work Street Soccer Scotland and the Homeless World Cup do and we are delighted to have the opportunity to play our small part in supporting them by sponsoring team – Street Soccer United.

It’s all the more exciting for us to be involved in the year that Glasgow is hosting the Homeless World Cup and as we are launching our first football product back in our home country – we really hope that we can help raise the profile of this very worthwhile cause.”

David Duke, Street Soccer Scotland CEO and founder said; “I would like to thank the team at Fanduel for their kind support of Street Soccer United.

“The team is made up of players from Senagal, Somalia, Eritrea and Iran and will play in all white, a symbol of hope, peace and unity. Street Soccer Scotland sessions offer players from a variety of backgrounds to the opportunity to engage and I hope the players enjoy the experience.”

The Olympics is also allowing a team of refugees to participate under a neutral banner in Rio later this year.

  • Shelter Scotland  says there were 35,764 homeless applications in 2014-15 (2013-14: 36,457)  Young people under 25 represent just under a third of applicants (Shelter Scotland, 2014).  In 2014-15, 730,000 people (14%) were in relative poverty before housing costs, 90,000 fewer than the previous year (Scottish Government, 2015)  45% of all people who become homeless are single male. The single female rate is 21% (Shelter Scotland, 2014)
  • Homeless World Cup, Glasgow 2016 – The tournament takes place in George Square, July 10-16  and 64 teams will participate  The men’s/mixed team competition features 48 teams  The women’s team competition features 16 teams
  • Street Soccer Scotland – The Homeless World Cup’s National Partner In Scotland,  Street Soccer Scotland, founded in 2009 by David Duke, is the organisation which represents Team Scotland at the Homeless World Cup event every year.

    Street Soccer Scotland delivers a range of football related personal development and training programmes to socially disadvantaged adults and young people (including Homelessness) across Scotland including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen .Street Soccer Scotland offer between 30-35 weekly programmes for around 1,000 people every week  Team Scotland (Men) Won the Homeless World Cup in 2007 (Copenhagen) & 2011 (Paris).
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