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Mel Young is the founder of
The Homeless World Cup. We discuss  with  him  the  unique tournament’s founding, its international philanthropic and athletic successes, and its future.
 
 

EN

Football’s community spirit is often overshadowed by its special ones, headline grabbing egos and epic narratives. It is an easily forgotten fact that many of today’s elite football clubs were born of a selfless desire to improve communities. Mel Young, President and Founder of The Homeless World Cup, reflects upon football’s community roots. Mel keenly points out that Glasgow Celtic was formed with the intention of alleviating poverty. The growing success of The Homeless World Cup is built upon an understanding of football’s power to motivate and inspire the individual and society. As we discuss the competition’s development Mel remains focused upon his intention, “My ultimate aim is for the Homeless World Cup not to exist because there should be no homelessness in the world.” Mel is currently building up to the most far-reaching Homeless World Cup to date. In Poznan, Poland, from the tenth to the eighteenth of August, 2013, sixty-four nations  competed with
the goal of consigning homelessness to history...


FR

Les stars, les mythes, le bling-bling... trop souvent, le football des manchettes éclipse l’esprit communautaire à la base de ce sport. On oublie souvent, en effet, que certains des clubs les plus prestigieux sont nés du désir altruiste de servir leurs communautés. C’est ce que me fait remarquer d’emblée Mel Young, président fondateur de la Coupe du monde des sans-abri, en citant l’exemple Celtic de Glasgow, créé dans le but d’enrayer la pauvreté endémique de l’East End de Glasgow. Le succès grandissant que connaît le Mondial des sans-abri repose justement sur cette idée que le football a le pouvoir d’inspirer des collectivités et des individus. Nous discutons de l’évolution de l’événement, mais Mel Young reste inflexible : « Le but ultime, c’est que la Coupe du monde des sans-abri n’existe plus, l’itinérance n’ayant tout simplement pas sa place dans le monde. » Il a pourtant travaillé d’arrache-pied pour l’édition de la Coupe la plus importante à ce jour, soit celle où la ville polonaise de Poznan a accueilli soixante-quatre pays, dans le but de reléguer l’itinérance dans les marges de l’histoire...

 
 

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