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Slum kids to play in football tourney for homeless in Italy

Last Updated: Friday, September 4, 2009 - 21:54

Mumbai: English Premier League club Tottenham
Hotspur and social organisation Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur
(KVSN) have teamed up to take the India`s Slum Team for the
Homeless World Cup football tournament to be held in Milan,
Italy from September 6 to 13.

India, featuring in the competition for the third time in
succession, will be represented by a team of six boys and two

Forty-eight nations will take part in the competition
including defending champions Afghanistan. The Indians had
finished 43rd out of 48 and 39th out of the same number of
contestants in earlier tournaments.

The team was trained at a 15-day camp in Nagpur under the
supervision of coaches Ashok Chhetri of Bengal, Andy Hookes of
Scotland and Debora Ball of England.

The Nagpur based social organisation runs football
programmes to inspire and educate the most disadvantaged
members of society, including the homeless and slum dwellers.
Paul Barber, the Spurs Executive Director of Tottenham
Hotspur, today outlined the benefits that the Club would bring
to KVSN.

"We view this association between Tottenham Hotspur and
KVSN as an opportunity to develop a long-term relationship,
which through Slum Soccer and related programmes, will benefit
some of the poorest people in India," he said.

In addition to financial support, the top English club
would provide kit, signed memorabilia for auction and coaching

It would also seek to engage further with KVSN through
their own partners and supporters.

Professor Vijay Barse, founder of KVSN, expressed his
delight at the agreement.

"This is fantastic news for us. Tottenham Hotspur`s
matches are broadcast in over two hundred countries
and their global profile will help us to reach out to the
world, show what we are doing, and gather more support, which
in turn will help us to help more people.”

"The association with Tottenham Hotspur will also give us
access to their sporting and commercial expertise, and bring
inspiration not just to our World Cup team but to all those in
India who are finding hope for the future through football,"
he added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 4, 2009 - 21:54

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