Homeless World Cup 2017: Van Ream

CCF student Van Ream is heading to the annual HWC (Homeless World Cup) to represent Cambodia in a 48 Nations football tournament in Olso, Norway this August. The Cambodian team is managed by CCF partner HFCA (Happy Football Cambodia Australia) and HFCA has been taking CCF players to the HWC since 2010. 

“My life before I was accepted into CCF was very difficult. We didn’t have enough food to eat –  sometimes a small dinner was the only meal that we ate in a day. My mother couldn’t find a job, so we didn’t have enough money to survive. We moved in with my Uncle and shifted to Siem Reap to live with his family for a while, but we had to work and couldn’t get an education.

“Eventually, we moved back to Steung Meanchey, and by chance, we met Scott [Neeson] in the community one night. He saw that we weren’t in school, and invited us to come to CCF to have an interview. That was in 2011.

“Life is much better for my older brother and me now that we study with CCF. I attend the Neeson Cripps Academy now, and my favourite subject is math. I have always loved football, so I joined the football program as soon as I could. I was so happy when I found out that I had made the Cambodian team for the Homeless World Cup. I am looking forward to showing the world what I can do on the football field, and I want to learn new skills and get better at football while I am in Oslo.”

If you want to follow Van Ream and his teammates’ adventures in Oslo this August then like the HFCA (Happy Football Cambodia Australia) Facebook page.

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