Yesterday on 10 July, the Homeless World Cup started off to royal start with a message from Prince William
Upon arrival in Glasgow players from over 50 teams were met with a recorded video by the prince or Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus as he is known in Scotland.
The Homeless World Cup will be taking place at George Square and works to help support those who suffer from homelessness.
Prince William’s video clip said: “The Homeless World Cup Foundation is taking a unique approach to this problem, using the universal language of football to tackle the issue.
“Every one of the 512 players in this tournament is homeless. They have each engaged with programmes run by the foundation to deal with some incredible personal challenges to make it here.
“This competition is a celebration of all that they have achieved so far, using football as a means to get back into a more stable life.
“I hope you will join me in extending a very warm welcome to all 52 countries who are competing in this year’s event. Good luck to you all.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon appeared in her own video as well, saying: “We know that sport has immense power to give people a purpose, to improve both physical and mental health and to boost people’s self-esteem.
“In bringing together competitors from over 50 countries, each with their own story of personal hardship that most of us will never have to tackle, the Homeless World Cup will energise and engage people who, for whatever reason, have become socially excluded.
“For the players, it’s an opportunity to develop resilience, achieve personal goals and help prevent repeat homelessness.
“And let’s not forget the chance to represent your country on the international stage is a huge honour that for many players, was only ever a distant dream.”
Around 100,000 spectators will watch the 416 matches that will take place over seven days. Yesterday an opening ceremony was held followed by men’s Scotland v Hong Kong and women’s Scotland v Norway.
Free games to view will take place in George Square.