William watches his team training at a Street Football Wales match day whilst waiting to be called on to the pitch at the Gol Centre, Cardiff, UK , 3rd April 2019. Homeless, socially excluded and asylum seekers often face barriers and can feel locked out of mainstream society.
Training at Street Football Wales' football match days brings players a sense of community, of common goals and of a shared experience where discipline, hard work and a focus on good health fosters a belief that the impossible is possible with support from each other. Ex pro football player Leigh Hinds showed up to offer his support and watches on in the background as these players struggle to support each other for as long as possible in the Newport training grounds UK, 1st May 2019 .
It's more than football. Together strong bonds are forged. Driven to arrive on time in a fit state to play for their team, there are lessons of dicipline, health, planning, working together, social skills and many other valuable lessons. Here two women players battle it out in one of the activities of a training day in Swansea, UK , 4th April 2019.
Support workers accompany and take part in activities with asylum seekers, homeless and socially excluded football players. Here at a Street Football Wales training day at the Gol Centre, Cardiff, UK , 3rd April 2019 a support worker enjoys recreational time with his "clients" on the pitch with images of professional footballers behind the goal.
Ex Welsh Homeless Football World Cup goal keeper, Martyn hands the new goalkeeper Mark the ball in a one to one training in the Newport grounds, UK , 22nd May 2019. Ex players often remain involved with Street Football Wales in some way.
The loss of Tom's new born child had hit him hard. We spoke about it on the 15th May 2019, the selection day for the Street Football Wales players at Newport training ground and he allowed me to take his portrait just before he had to return to the training pitch.
These men and women often have had trauma and struggled to lead normal lives including having their children removed from them by social services. This training session is at a Street Football Wales training day in Cardiff, UK, 5th June 2019 .
Match days bring players a sense of fun and light relief from the difficulties of navigating their day to day life challenges, but there is also a serious side to the trainings with mental health issues always close to the surface, all players' needs have to be monitored and in some cases intervention is needed. This training session is at a Street Football Wales training day in Swansea, UK, 4th of April 2019 .
Makumbi rests and takes stock momentarily while his goal keeper, Mark, gets first aid after a heated exchange with the favourites, Mexico, 2nd August 2019, at the Homeless Football World Cup tournament in Cardiff, UK, 2019.
Watched closely by coaches and the team manager Keri, Street Football Wales players train at the selection day, 15th May 2019 at the Newport training grounds, Wales hoping to be chosen for the Wales men and women's teams to play at the Homeless Football World Cup tournament in Cardiff, UK, 2019.
Sean feels the pain of a fast paced match on 30th July 2019, at the Homeless Football World Cup tournament in Cardiff, UK, 2019.
Ex military trainer Sean provides excersises for the players at Street Football Wales in Newport, UK, 15th May 2019. Helen reveled in the training games and here she is showing her delight to be on the winning side of a tug of war game.
Bonnie finds it difficult to cope and sees her children rarely. Her son was brought to the Homeless Football World Cup in Carfiff, UK, 2019, by her Dad Dave who looks after the child, 3rd August 2019.
It's the final match of the final day of the Homeless Football World Cup on 3rd August 2019 in Cardiff and it's now over and back to reality for all of the players. Mukumbi hides in his t shirt directly after the last match.
A young aspiring footballer is befreinded by Chloe and Jade from Wales' womens Homeless Football World Cup team in Cardiff, UK, 3rd August, 2019. All team members were ready to engage with the public during the tournament.
Helen seeks comfort after a bad day of injuries, a broken heart and problems at her hostel. This training session is at a Street Football Wales training day in Newport, UK, 12th June 2019.
It's the last night before going back to normal life and Osian is outside the accommodation that he and the other teams had been housed in for the Homeless Football World Cup tournament in Cardiff, UK, 3rd August 2019.
After 16 years of running Street Football Wales, Keri (foreground) is greated by a regular player at the start of a Street Football Wales football match day that brings the homeless, socially excluded and asylum seeker players together. This training session is in Swansea, UK, 4th April 2019 in the final year with Keri at the helm.
After an extensive period of training with Street Football Wales and taking part in the Homeless Football World Cup tournament in Cardiff, UK, 2019, Paul turns to say goodbye as he leaves the tournament grounds for the last time on 3rd August 2019 and is finally clean from his drug habit.