Clare Balding interviewed some of the Lionsraw team on Radio 5 this lunchtime - you can hear the full piece by following this link:
Fastforward to 1:06:30 to hear the interview with some young football coaches from the Hat Trick project in Newcastle, who will be joining us in Durban. It lasts about ten minutes and my favourite bit is right at the end when Mark says "The World Cup is going to be a carnival - we're going to make sure that young people aren't forgotten .. we'll make sure that street kids feel important, special and at the heart of the World Cup" Spot on!
- Len Hill, Martin Boyce, Steve Goodall
- We are three guys from the Isle of Wight that are flying to South Africa to work alongside other football fanatics as part of an organisation known as Lionsraw. South Africa 2010 is the debut Lionsraw Special Project. Lionsraw is taking a 130 strong squad of football fans to Durban, South Africa for two weeks during the World Cup. The Lionsraw team will operate in ‘The Valley of a Thousand Hills'', the epicentre of the World's HIV / AIDS crisis. Alongside existing local charities the team will help in ‘construction projects' and ‘soccer academies' for deprived local children during the day. Each evening the squad will retire to our fanzone for the full world cup tour experience.