Scotland’s victorious Homeless World Cup Stars are taking on a team of legends in a Challenge Cup to support the recently formed Glasgow Abstinence Provision.

Having swept aside the competition from across the globe in Paris, Scotland’s Homeless World Cup winners are preparing to prove they can give some old pro’s a run for their money.

The newly-crowned world champions will take on former Scottish stars in a challenge match at New Douglas Park in Hamilton.

David Duke, Chief Executive at Street Soccer Scotland said:  “Scotland’s Men’s Homeless World Cup team and its players are used to, and enjoy, challenges so this is another one that they’ll relish.  Playing against footballers who have played at senior level in their careers will be another great test of our players’ skills and fitness and, like we did in Paris, we’ll be going for the win! Remember our lads are match fit so I hope the ex-pros have been keeping their fitness levels up or they might be in for a shock!’”

Alex Rae will captain a team of ex-pros hoping to prove they still have what it takes to beat a group of players who have done Scotland proud in the last few months.  Players signed up so far are Alex Rae, Bob Malcolm, Andy Walker, Peter Martin, Chic Young, Billy Dodds, Gordon Durie, Derek Ferguson  and many more.

Alex Rae says: ‘A lot of hard word has gone in to getting the Project up and running – events like these raise awareness of the available services and are also really good fun on the day. A great family day out and I hope lots of people come along.’

The former SPL star is chair of the trustees of the Second Chance Project in Glasgow and believes hard work and determination can overcome many barriers on the road to success, and that football can be used as a great way to relieve the stress and strains of the many challenges that life can throw at you.

Substance misuse has a huge impact on the health and well being of the nation with 1 in 20 Scots deaths being attributed to alcohol and problematic drug use costing an estimated 2.6 billion pounds a year, according to The Scottish Government. People affected by alcohol or substance misuse across Glasgow can get help on their own road to recovery.

The Second Chance Project and Turning Point Scotland’s South East Alternatives and the Milestone Project offer the Glasgow Abstinence Provision, now reaching most parts of the city.

The Hamilton Youth Squad will also play a big part in the day – the match starts at 2pm with a cost of £5 for adults and £2 for children under 16 – tickets can be purchased at the gate.

Come along for a great family day out!

Date:  Sunday 11th December 2pm
Venue: New Douglas Park, Hamilton Academicals FC

The Glasgow Abstinence Partnership is a trio of Community Rehabilitation Services in the city who have banded together to increase recovery from addiction in the city by promoting abstinence based approaches more strongly. The GAP was launched in August 2011 at a mini abstinence summit in the Quaker meeting house. For the first time Recovery fellowships sat down with their counterparts in treatment services and talked Recovery from Addiction. The GAP work is funded by a grant of 150k from the Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

The GAP has project bases in each area of the city.

Second Chance in the North West.

In the North East of The city, Turning Point Scotland’s Milestone project will be focussing on getting people abstinent in preparation for a place  on a year long community based rehabilitation service that is run by them with funding from Glasgow addiction Service.

In the South of the City Turning Point Scotland’s South East Alternatives will be adding capacity to its busy year long recovery programme. They launched the Recovery For Men project on Nov 29th. This will add a new recovery route for men in the city.
The GAP project also has city wide initiatives to promote continued abstinence in a community setting.

1. The All City Recovery Volunteer task force is currently training people who have graduated community rehabilitation programmes, the opportunity to train and work in the community rehabilitation services that help them.
2. The SUSTAIN programme is currently running evening recovery therapy groups to individuals who have completed the initial year of treatment.
3. In Each health and social care sector the GAP is pulling together all the major players in treatment for addiction into Conversation Café’s to begin working together on promoting greater abstinence and recovery in the city.

Scotland’s success in Paris this year was the second time that the Homeless World Cup had been won by a Scottish team; in 2007, in Copenhagen, Scotland won the competition for the first time.  This year was also the first time that Scotland participated in the Women’s Homeless World Cup and the team finished in 5th place, the highest placed European side.  Scotland’s Men’s team is now ranked 3rd in the world and the Women’s team is ranked 7th.

As well as selecting and managing Scotland’s Men’s and Women’s Homeless World Cup teams, Street Soccer Scotland provides a range of grassroots ‘street soccer’ sessions and events at local and national levels, focusing on engaging, coaching and supporting participants.  Through its Street Soccer Academy it provides personal development programmes which are delivered in partnerships with relevant agencies.