Street Child United

London, UK


The current activities are the Street Child World Cup in Moscow, which took place in May 2018 and the Street Child World Cricket Cup to be held in London during 2019. For more details, see the SCU website.

The Amos Trust is a UK charity which organised the first Street Child World Cup (SCWC) in Durban, South Africa in March 2010. Because of the extent of the work involved in organising future events, a new charitable trust  – Street Child United – was set up to organise and run them.

The SCWC is much more than just a football tournament. It celebrates street children’s potential, and allowed their stories to be heard. It also enables the NGOs from all over the world to get together and share their different experiences and expertise. SSSK is pleased to have been able to support the venture, both financially and with volunteers.

In Durban, eight teams of street children, including three girls in each team, came together to play some of the most passionate 7-a-side football of the year. They also undertook a massive art project highlighting their experiences and their rights, in conjunction with township schools nearby. In addition there was a three-day conference when the children were able to share their stories and opinions.

For many street children, football really is more than a matter of life or death. It’s the only good thing in their lives. It’s a break from hunger, abuse and fear. The participants are, of course, supported by a good local NGO (like the ones we support) who will facilitate their education and health, and help them get the necessary identity documents so that they can have a passport. Hence we refer to them as former street children.

In Rio in 2014, the children came from 19 different countries, and included 10 girls teams. 230 former street children were involved.

The participating street children received high quality training in football coaching, as well as help and advice over advocacy and about child rights, to support them to build futures as peer mentors in their own countries. They returned as ambassadors for street child rights.

You’ll find an interesting overview, and some really good pictures at

For a summary of its impact, see: and look  at a selection of videos from the 2014 SCWC collection (below).

In 2010 the hosts in Durban were the Umthombo street child project based there. Umthombo seeks to integrate children back into family units and to change the way street children are treated within South African society. For more details look at the page on Street Child World Cup Outcomes which includes a number of videos, together with The Durban Declaration and the Street Girls Maniesto at the end.

The most recent event was in Moscow in 2018, and initially we have put a number of videos on our Home page. They will be moved in due course.

The Street Child World Cup (SCWC) in Rio 2014

You’ll find an interesting overview, and some really good pictures at

For a summary of its impact, see: and look at a selection of videos from the 2014 SCWC collection (below).

Most last from 3 to 4 minutes, but the one about Team Tanzania is longer

Street champions take over Rio airport

Welcome to Rio

Team Philippines

Kick off – and Opening Ceremony

It’s more than a game

Team Tanzania (where you need to bypass the advert at the beginning). It’s 20 mins long but informative
From Street Child to Soccer Star


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