The Homeless World Cup is a football tournament, where teams of homeless people from various countries compete. It is organised by the Homeless World Cup Organisation, which works in partnership with 70 other agencies around the world, providing access to key services for homeless people.
One of the many teenagers who took part in the Homeless World Cup 2014 in Chile was Padraig McKissock.
Padraig shone and hadan impact throughout the tournament. The 18 year old scored 30 goals in the competition including five goals in the final for Northern Ireland taking them on to beat opposition Denmark 10-6.
After the World Cup in Chile, Irish league clubs Crusaders, Glentoran and Warrenpoint Town have already shown an interest in the Belfast teenager. Padraig described the tournament as the best experience he will ever have and followed up by saying,
“I have already been training with Warrenpoint Town and I am going to train with Crusaders on Thursday night, Glentoran have also shown an interest.
It would be great to play professionally,” the teenager said.
Who would have thought that someone who hasn’t slept in a bed for two years would be offered an unforgettable experience? Let alone have this extraordinary opportunity to play professionally one day. They say ‘anything can happen’ and in the case of this youngster it certainly has.