If I can go back to my old life as what the French might call a ‘medicin de rotation,’ I’d like to alert the media to something happening next week, when a group of Brazllian former street children arrive in London.
You may remember at the time of the last Soccer World Cup in South Africa that I got involved in promoting the Street Child World Cup that preceded it. It was a big success, street kids from around the world gathering both to promote the cause of the many young people who still live on the streets, but also to play in a major tournament.
With the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014, that is also the venue for the next Street Kids World Cup, but the visit from Brazil is about making sure British politics and British sport remains aware of the continuing existence of kids forced to live unbelievably tough lives without proper shelter. The kids coming here next week are aged 15-18 and took part in the South Afircan tournament.
They will be here from April 11-18, and as well as taking in a couple of Premier League matches as guests of QPR and Arsenal, they will be training with Spurs and they will be visiting Parliament. In addition to launching the build-up to the second Street Child World Cup they will be promoting the International Day for Street Children on April 12.
Find out more at http://www.streetchildworldcup.org and if any media would like to meet the Boys from Brazil when they get here email Joe Hewitt Joe@streetchildworldcup.org