Playing for England a life changing experience for YMCA DLG resident


Our Horsham Y Centre resident Hannah Voice has returned from Amsterdam where she played for Women’s Team England at the Homeless World Cup. Hannah calls her time in Amsterdam “a life changing experience”.

Hannah was asked to play in goal for most of the games as the team did not have a designated goalkeeper. She performed well in a position she doesn’t normally play, but when unleashed on to the pitch she scored 3 goals in a win against France. The team got to the second qualifying stage but didn’t make it out of the group, click here to read more about the Homeless World Cup.

Hannah has always been passionate about football and playing the World Cup has opened new opportunities for her. Last Saturday, 26th September, Hannah was invited to be a guest of honour at our Horsham YMCA’s FA Cup game against Aveley. She presented the match ball and gave out awards to the players. To read more about the game click here.

After getting back from Amsterdam Hannah had a meeting with the Albion in the Community FC and was asked to join them as a volunteer, with a view of doing coaching for the club and also the Homeless FA. Hannah’s aim is to coach the next Team England preparing them for the 2016 Homeless World Cup in India so she will soon start a course to get her football coaching badge.

Unfortunately Hannah hurt her knee ligaments which meant she returned to England on crutches but it hasn’t dampened her spirits. Hannah met lots of new friends from all over the world and has kept contact with a few of them and intends to visit. When her knee gets better Hannah plans to join the local women’s team in Horsham.



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