曙光足球隊 Dawn Homeless Football Team

經歷過金融風暴以後,香港年輕及失業的露宿者數目大增。有見及此,香港社區組織協會(社協)於一九九九年開展了「露宿者計劃」,組織他們一起爭取基本的生活權利。

二零零四年八月,社協從本地報章得知有關「露宿者世界盃」的消息。我們認為,香港的露宿者可藉此機會,透過足球運動提升自己、融入社會,遂聯絡露宿者世界盃辦事處(Homeless World Cup office)。零四年十二月,我們獲得七百美元的捐助,並到街頭召募露宿者成為球員。零五年一月,我們組成了亞洲第二隊露宿者足球隊「曙光──中國香港」。(第一隊亞洲隊是零四年參賽的日本隊。)

曙光足球隊在年初與中學生及賭徒組成的足球隊對賽,可惜四次皆無功而回。但我們的球員並沒有因此而放棄,更主動向我們借足球練習,要求得到更多訓練。現在,每週都有一位義工教練教導他們,每位球員都積極備戰;與此同時,各球員亦熱心投入義工服務,定期到露宿地點探訪籠屋板間房居民及露宿者,期待藉參與二零零五年七月在蘇格蘭舉行的「露宿者世界盃」,為露宿者作好榜樣。

SoCO began the "Street Sleeper Project" in 1999 in view of the economic crisis in Hong Kong which has caused more young and unemployed homeless people.

In August 2004, SoCO came to know about the Homeless World Cup through the local newspaper. We were inspired that homeless Chinese should also have this chance to improve themselves through playing football. After contacting the Homeless World Cup Office, we started the football project in December 2004 with about US$700 funding. We called the homeless people at their shelter and sleeping area. In January 2005, "Dawn - Hong Kong China", the second Asian football team at the Homeless World Cup (following Japan's participation in 2004) was established.

Our football team began with 4 matches versus secondary school students and people with gambling problem. Although we have lost all the games, our team players do not give up. They acted spontaneously by lending football to practice among themselves and requesting more intensive training. Now we have a volunteer coach who teaches them every week. At the same time, the players are very enthusiastic about the volunteer services that visit the street sleepers regularly. They are all looking forward to join the Homeless World Cup 2005 in Scotland in July.