SAMH member Iain McGill provides his last blog on the Homeless World Cup, looking back on a fantastic tournament that SAMH was proud to be involved in.
“Well, they´re dancing on the street of Brasil tonight – a Brasilian double as my prediction of a Chile win in the Homeless World Cup final shows exactly what I know about the game!
Brasil won empahtically, and deservedly. Their women were ran closer but still nudged in ahead of Mexico in the women’s final, and the partying really kicked off when the men made it a double for the home nation.
Seats in the packed stands were at a premium, and it was good to see Scotland there early with Ireland to secure prime spots for the big finals – with them not having a game today they could have fallen for any of Rio’s distractions, but had no intention of doing anything but supporting the other teams in the finals!
We got it all over with just in time – the heavens opened just after the finals and the awards ceremony had to be moved indoors! When it rains in Rio, it really rains!
The boys fly home tomorrow. I´m looking forward to following the progress in their lives as the impact of the tournament hopefully becomes clear – they are a great bunch, and have been great ambassadors for Scotland.
SAMH and The Harmony Employment Agency can fight it out next year to be the team’s sponsors – I reckon it´s well worthwhile, and will use my last sentance of my last blogpost to sign off with a big thank you to SAMH for the support they provided – making it possible for the guys to get the opportunity to get involved, and see the positive power that sport has to make a difference in folk’s lives!
Over and out – I’m off for a week’s holiday now!”