The Big Issue : Edition 543
THE BIG ISSUE 11 – 24 AUG 2017 21 NAME: RHYS AGE: 43 CITY: CANBERRA A six-year veteran of the Community Street Soccer Program, Rhys believes playing soccer is “better for your health than not doing anything, especially once youhit40–itkeepsyoufit and smoking less”. It’s also helped him make friends, especially when he had just moved from Sydney and was not working. It wasn’t until he saw his itinerary for Oslo that it finally dawned on him that he was really going. “It’s very exciting. It’s one of those things that’s really hard to imagine.” NAME: JAMES AGE: 24 CITY: ADELAIDE James generally keeps to himself, so taking part in the Street Soccer Program gets him “out there and talking to people”. Having been involved with the program for four years, he’s excited but nervous about going to Oslo. And while he hesitates to look up to professional sportspeople because their “standards are too high”, he likes to set his own achievable standards. “I have friends who I play with every weekend and they help me a lot.” NAME: JACK AGE: 23 CITY: ADELAIDE Jack was “excited as – couldn’t belive it!” when he was told he’d be travelling to Oslo for the Homeless World Cup. He first took part in the Community Street Soccer Program when he wasn’t doing anything and feeling isolated. Since joining three years ago, it’s helped with both his fitness and ability to make friends. As for his plans for the future, he’d like to get his driver’s licence, find a house and a job. “I also want to be involved in sports more and get fitter.” PHOTOSBYT8PHOTOGRAPHYANDMATTSTEDMAN(ADELAIDE) by Anastasia Safioleas (@Anast), Contributing Editor » The Homeless World Cup in Oslo will run from 29 August–5 September. MEET OUR NEW STREET SOCCEROOS! ON THE EVE OF THE 15TH HOMELESS WORLD CUP, SEVEN OF OUR FITTEST AND FINEST FROM AROUND AUSTRALIA ARE LIMBERING UP FOR A CRACK AT FOOTBALL GLORY IN OSLO. KICKING GOALS ON AND OFF THE FIELD, OUR PLAYERS WILL JOIN HUNDREDS MORE FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO PLAY THE BEAUTIFUL GAME. WHILE FOR MANY FOOTBALL MIGHT BE JUST ANOTHER SPORT, FOR OUR STREET SOCCEROOS IT IS MUCH MORE. THE CHANCE TO TRAVEL TO NORWAY CAN CHANGE THEIR LIVES – FOR THE BETTER.