Glasgow Caledonian University supports the Homeless World Cup

05 July 2016

The Homeless World Cup will kick off in George Square

The Homeless World Cup will kick off in George Square

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is an official event partner in the Homeless World Cup 2016, to be held in Glasgow this month.

For the duration of the event (July 10-16), Glasgow’s George Square will be “the most inspiring place on earth”.

Sixty-four teams, representing 52 countries, will come together to celebrate and highlight the year-round, life-changing work of the Homeless World Cup National Partner network.

As the event hub, GCU will host hundreds of participants and will help kick off the event with a parade to George Square on July 10 starting from its city centre campus.

GCU students and graduates from physiotherapy and events management programmes are helping out during the week.

Overseen by GCU PhD researcher and physiotherapy graduate Megan Lloyd, a group of 10 students will be on hand at GCU’s campus and pitch-side in George Square to help players in need of physio, first aid and massage.

Heather McManus has just finished her second year of studying International Events Management at GCU. She, along with five fellow students, is organising social events including a highland games carnival and a Zumba class on campus for the hundreds of team players to enjoy.

The Homeless World Cup, co-founded by Mel Young, who also co-founded The Big Issue magazine in Scotland, has now supported more than one million people across the globe, engaging 100,000 people annually.

Through each country’s official National Partner, those who are homeless have the opportunity to enter transformative programmes from which they can build a brighter life. The Homeless World Cup Glasgow 2016 is the culmination of a year of progress for each country and player involved.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE said: “I am delighted that Glasgow Caledonian University is playing a major role in supporting the success of the 2016 Homeless World Cup here in Glasgow. Its founder, Mel Young, is an Honorary Doctor of the University and the aims of the tournament chime perfectly with our social mission as the University for the Common Good.”

Mr Young, President and Co-Founder of the Homeless World Cup, said: “We’re extremely grateful to have the support of Glasgow Caledonian University as a significant Event Partner. Providing a safe, comfortable place for our players is vitally important for the success of the tournament, because the tournament only works, when it works for the players. We knew Glasgow would give the 2016 Homeless World Cup an amazing welcome, and this latest announcement is further evidence." 

George Square will be converted into an outdoor street football venue for the event, with three purpose built pitches with seating. Up to 100,000 spectators are expected to attend the tournament. Entry is free every day, and tickets are not required.