RBS CEO visits Scottish Homeless World Cup squads


RBS CEO visits Scottish Homeless World Cup squads

Scotland’s squads are banking on success after RBS CEO Ross McEwan dropped in to watch them prepare for their attempts to win the Homeless World Cup.

The international tournament is being held in Amsterdam in September.

On Wednesday RBS CEO Ross McEwan was a guest of Street Soccer Scotland’s Chief Executive David Duke at a training session of the Scottish Homeless World Cup teams at Soccerworld in Dundee. Chris Wilson, MD Branch & Private Banking Scotland, also attended the training session.

RBS supports the work delivered across the country by Street Soccer Scotland through staff initiatives in branches and at the head office at Gogarburn.  RBS will appear on the front of the Homeless World Cup squads’ shirts.

The international tournament, which is being held in Amsterdam in September, will see more than seventy teams from all over the world gathering to compete for the annual World Champions’ title.

David Duke, founder and Chief Executive of Street Soccer Scotland, commented:

“RBS is a great supporter of the work we do across Scotland helping socially disadvantaged adults and young people every day.  We use football to help individuals respond to many different challenges including physical and mental health, homelessness, addiction, unemployment and social exclusion.  As well as working hard to try and bring the Homeless World Cup back to Scotland for a third time, we continue to work with those who attend our projects every day.”

RBS CEO Ross McEwan said:

“I am delighted that the Royal Bank of Scotland is supporting David Duke and Street Soccer Scotland and I wish both the woman’s and men's teams all the best in the upcoming Homeless World Cup. Having met many of the players I am sure Scotland will do well and are top candidates for winning the cup. The work Street Soccer does in communities across Scotland is fantastic and David and his team should be congratulated for the job they do.”

The men’s team, which is embarking on the challenge of becoming the first country to win the competition three times, are set to face current champions Chile in the opening stages of the international competition.  They won their first title in Denmark in 2007 and the second in France in 2011.

The women’s team will be appearing for the second time and will face tournament hosts the Netherlands in the first round group stage.

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