The Welsh homeless football body is up for a National Lottery award after launching a project to level the playing field between the two sexes.
Street Football Wales’ ‘Kick Some Balls project’ – backed by Lottery funding – has allowed five dedicated women-only football teams to be set up across all four of their leagues across the country for the first time.
The expanded player pool has been a boost to the Wales national Homeless World Cup side with 25 women taking part in trials, the same number as the men’s side.
Success has been already been tasted on the pitch with the project giving socially excluded woman the chance to participate in physical activity to boost their health.
The project has helped women like 37-year-old mum-of-three Deanne Sampson after she experienced significant trauma throughout her childhood, resulting in an adulthood blighted by violence, addiction and offending behaviour.
A turning point came when she was selected for the Women’s Warriors team for the 2017 Homeless World Cup. The sport helped Dee develop more effective ways of communicating and expressing herself and helped her address her own addictions.