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Stevenage Haven’s Hertfordshire Homeless World Cup in Letchworth won on penalties

PUBLISHED: 15:03 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:11 22 May 2018

As sports fans get ready for the World Cup next month, homeless footballers have played out their own version in Letchworth.

The Stevenage Haven homeless shelter organised the Homeless World Cup at the County Ground as part of its Ripple Effect Mentoring Project alongside Hitchin Town FC, with students from Letchworth’s Highfield School donating kit including more than 20 pairs of boots.

The final pitted the Stevenage Haven team, standing in for Uruguay, against Challengers FC – a team of refugees from Egypt and Syria, who were representing Tunisia.

It took a penalty shootout to separate the teams, with the Haven winning the cup with the final kick.

Sports mentor Marc Campbell led the Hitchin Town Ability Counts team, representing England, in an unsuccessful attempt to overcome 52 years of hurt.

He said all the teams had “performed incredibly”, and that the intention was to hold another Homeless World Cup next year.

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