The Scotland teams, which are sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, play their first matches on the opening day of the tournament on Sunday (July 10). The Scotland men’s team will play Hong Kong and the Scotland women’s team will take on Norway.
The Royal Bank of Scotland is a big supporter of the event and provides Street Soccer Scotland - the body behind the Scotland homeless world cup team - office space in Edinburgh. Street Soccer Scotland offers a range of football related personal development courses and training sessions to over 1000 socially disadvantaged adults and young people every week across Scotland.
Staff from Royal Bank of Scotland joined with former Celtic and Rangers players, Mark Hateley and Bobby Petta, to put the Scotland Homeless World Cup team through its final training session in Glasgow today.
The Scotland teams’ shirts carry the Royal Bank of Scotland logo across their chests and the matches are being shown on STV. Both teams have been training at pitches at the bank’s headquarters at Gogarburn in the build-up to the tournament.
Speaking at the training session at the PowerLeague pitches in Townhead, Ally Dawson, Manager of Team Scotland, said:
“The Homeless World Cup is a very special event for everyone involved and being host nation brings an added honour. The men’s and women’s squads have been training very hard over recent weeks in preparation for the start of the tournament.
“Every year the Scottish teams are determined to do their country proud but this year has an added edge as they look forward to playing in front of what will be a very noisy home support. Having Mark and Bobby here to give them some final bits of advice is fantastic.”
Speaking ahead of the training session, Malcolm Buchanan, Chair, Scotland Board, said:
“The Royal Bank of Scotland is delighted to once again support Team Scotland and the Homeless World Cup for 2016.”
“This Sunday will see our nation take on some of the best teams from across the world at one of country’s most iconic landmarks, George Square. We wish everyone from across the world who is taking part the very best of luck and hope all of Scotland will join the bank in our support of the men and women’s teams.”
Scotland’s Homeless World Cup men’s team lifted the Homeless World Cup for the first time in Denmark in 2007 and again in Paris in 2011. Scotland’s women’s team finished fifth in Paris in 2011 and seventh last year in Amsterdam.