Street Child United Young Leader Pitch Sport for Development Businesses

October 4, 2022
Today was a very special day our SCU young leaders as they were invited by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) in partnership with Qatar Charity (QC) to present proposed projects which aim to use sport as a tool for social development in their respective communities.
We were hosted in "The Diplomatic Club" with great hospitality.

Hosted at the Diplomatic Club in Qatar, the event was an experience like no other they have ever had before as our ten young leaders presented their ideas in front of a dedicated panel of judges and a room full of supporters. The projects were considered on how sport can be used to tackle key social issues, and the potential positive impact it would have within each community.

The judging panel which included: Noura Al-kaabi, Strategic Partnership Officer at QFFD; Lulwa Al-Marri, Qatari Triathlete and Clinical Research Biologist; Hajar Al-Hajri, Senior Specialist of External Affairs at Qatar Charity (QC); Mohammed Al-Qassabi, Youth Advocate at Generation Amazing and Alex White, Chair of the Board at Street Child United, were all highly impressed by the presenting skills on the young leaders and the quality of their presentations.

Guiding everyone to the event.
The Jury handing out the funding.

Unbeknown to each young leader, they were all to receive a grant fund of £2500, whilst two winners received a fund worth £10,000.

Sadock our incredible young leader from Tanzania – who scored the first goal at the first SCWC – was the first recipient of £10,000 for his project “Street Stars Foundation” which will work to identify and develop the talents of street connected young people in Tanzania in order to create life changing opportunities that will benefit them and their families.

“I feel so happy, so inspired! Thank you to Qatar Fund for Development and Qatar Charity for this unbelievable opportunity – it is not only life-changing for my goals but for the children in my community. One day, with God as my witness, I will bring my own team to the Street Child World Cup…that will be a very special day.”

Drika and Jessica, our Young Leaders from Brazil, were the second recipients of £10’000 for their project “Play Like a Girl” which aims to remove the gendered stereotypes associated to football in Brazil, by providing young girls in the community with the resources and esteem required to partake in the sport.

Drika and Jessica winning with "Play like a Girl".
Sadock also won for "Street Stars Foundation".