CCF football players travel to Siem Reap with their Homeless World Cup teammates to experience the beauty of the temples on a trip funded by a CCF board member after Homeless World Cup 2018 cancellation

In October 2018, Cambodia was forced to withdraw from the Homeless World Cup. Set to take place in Mexico, the players saw their dreams dashed when problems of visas prevented them from taking part.

The Cambodian squad was put together by Happy Football Cambodia Australia, who has a been a parnter of CCF since 2009.  The team included 4 former CCF students, for all of which the Homeless World Cup was a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel abroad and compete in an international event.

Despite facing disappointment, the players remained strong and positive about their future games. And in preparation for the 2019 Homeless World Cup, due to take place in Wales, CCF board member, Warren Share, funded the players to go on a team building exercise in Siem Reap where they visited the world famous temples of Angkor Wat.

This was a particularly spectacular journey for half of the players who had never visited the landmark site before.

”I had heard about Angkor Wat and seen pictures before but I could not believe how amazing it was. Seeing what my ancestors did makes me so proud to be Khmer. I can’t wait to go to the UK and represent Cambodia,” explained Cambodian national team player and former CCF student, Phanna Phorn, 17.

The team enjoyed their break and managed to fit in some training sessions as well. CCF is looking forward to seeing how the squad progress before the 2019 Homeless World Cup tournament, and would like to thank our partners, Happy Football Cambodia Australia (HFCA), for supporting the players throughout this process. CCF would also like to say a special thank you to Warren Share, the CCF board member who helped make this trip happen.

In their newsletter, Happy Football Cambodia Australia (HFCA) said:
“We are grateful for the ongoing support CCF gives HFCA and wish our close partner all the best for 2019!”

Alice Brown/CCF

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