Michael makes it through to the Homeless World Cup 2014
Published by Donata Rio for Greenfields Community Housing in Housing and also in Communities
Michael Moss, a 25-year-old Greenfields Community Housing tenant, has been selected amongst 90 other people in the country to potentially represent England in the FA Homeless World Cup 2014 in Chile.
Despite a troubled past, Michael has used diversionary tactics such as playing football to turn his life around with the help of Greenfields’ Positive Engagement Initiative, lead by Co-ordinator, James Martin.
Michael, from Halstead in Essex, said: “I’ve had some difficult times in the past, but I am trying to focus on the future and increase my skills & confidence so that I can get a good job. This opportunity is really exciting and I am grateful to Greenfields for all the support and help in getting me here.”
During 2014, the Homeless FA will run five training camps at Arsenal, Everton, Manchester United, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion’s professional grounds. The training is for men and women who have been made homeless in the past for a variety of reasons.
As well as learning football skills, the training camps will focus on personal development, and support players to increase their confidence and self esteem - as well as offering help to improve stress management, teach leadership, and much more. There is also an opportunity to gain a FA introductory qualification to support players in their search for employment and volunteering opportunities.
The first training camp will be at the Carrow Road Stadium on Wednesday 23 April 2014. There will be a further four training camps after this - the last being at Manchester United FC - for the final selection of the England Team for the World Cup.
James Martin, Positive Engagement Co-ordinator at Greenfields, said: “It’s amazing what sport can do for your confidence and this is a great opportunity for Michael to meet new people, learn new skills and improve his future. I wish him all the best and hope he is given a chance of a life time to play for England in Chile.”
James works with young people in the Braintree District in Essex to divert them away from anti-social behaviour by providing opportunities to improve self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. These activities range from football, to carrying out work experience with Greenfields’ contractors, to doing gardening and maintenance work on estates.
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Notes to editor
< Greenfields is a Community Gateway association, meaning that residents can be involved in many aspects of the organisation that affect their homes and communities
< Greenfields is an Investors in People Champion organisation
< Greenfields was named the 56th best not-for-profit company to work for in theUK by the Sunday Times in 2013
< Greenfields has approx 8,000 tenanted homes and 450 leasehold properties across the Braintree District.