The Homeless Games is a new initiative which will provide ‘Olympic style’ games for people who are or have experienced homelessness in last 2 years, on Merseyside.

The Homeless Games will take place on 12th & 13th April at Wavertree Sports Park.

The Games came from a convergence of several elements. Firstly, Eric Houghton’s experience of life living on the streets and his alcoholism.

Through this experience, Eric had the honour and opportunity of being Captain of the England team in the first Homeless World Cup in 2003 resulting in his continual involvement for the last 10 years.

Eric has always been passionate about football, but not everyone shares that passion. Dave Morton was one such person and after many conversations and chats about football and the Homeless World Cup, Dave said to Eric, “Why can’t we do something other than football”.

That was the spark that resulted in Eric’s vision, a vision of a multi-sport event on a global scale that would give opportunity to all those affected by homelessness, regardless of background, where everyone was treated as equals, where everyone was an athlete who just happened to be homeless. An opportunity to progress their lives, to get advice on health and well-being, both physical and mental. A chance to explore education and training, to enhance career prospects and all through the catalyst of sport.

Whatever their physical prowess and capabilities or possible disabilities, open to all, allowing the breaking down of barriers. Barriers of all types including geographic, governmental, financial and physical.

Some of the activities will include; Football, Walking Football, Basketball, Pool, Darts, Swimming, Table Tennis, Cycling, Track & Field, Touch Rugby & Badminton.

The homeless games are working in partnership with the MAS, Liverpool City Council and Healthy Foods Online.

To take part contact The Homeless Games at takepart@thehomelessgames.org

For more info visit the official Homeless Games website here