Former France international footballer and World Cup winner, Emmanuel Petit, has become a Homeless World Cup Global Ambassador supporting the organisation’s vision of football changing homeless people’s lives.
The organisation in a statement on its website, www.homelessworldcup.org, said that Petit was named an ambassador due to his contribution to the development of the organisation and homeless players globally.
The statement said that Petit was one of the main supporters of the 2011 Homeless World Cup football tournament held in Paris last summer.
“He has traditionally been involved with social projects in France and fell in love with the Homeless World Cup and its worldwide impact during the Paris event,’’ The statement added.
In his acceptance speech, the statement quoted Petit as describing football as a powerful influence.
“When you take someone from the street, put them in a square football pitch, in a team where there are rules, referees and team mates – that’s life too, that’s society.
“The players have to respect themselves, each other and the referees.
“I truly believe that sport and football is very important for the human being and that is why I decided to be an Ambassador for the Homeless World Cup,’’ he said.
Petit played 63 times for his country and scored the third goal in France’s 3-0 victory against Brazil in the final of the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final in France.
The Homeless World Cup Foundation uses football to energise homeless people to change their own lives.
The organisation operates through a network of 73 National Partners to support grassroots football programmes and social enterprise development.
The organisation celebrates its year-round work by running an annual international football tournament that unites teams of homeless people from countries around the globe.
Meanwhile, the 10th edition of the Homeless World Cup tournament would take place in Mexico City from Oct. 6 to Oct. 14.
Partners and supporters of the organisation were NIKE, Fundación Telmex, UEFA and international football icons, including Rio Ferdinand and Eric Cantona. (NAN)