Football has the power to change lives - read our players' stories
Homkant is the son of a marginal laborer who comes from a remote village called Ner, near Yavatmal in the state of Maharashtra and left his home when many farmers in his area were committing suicide due to the harsh economic situation they were facing. With nowhere to go he wandered about aimlessly for many months.
In Yavatmal he came across kids participating in the Zopadpatti Football Tournament one day and before he knew it his life took a new direction. Joining in with a competing team his “can do” attitude was noticed more than his ability and Homkant was successful in the trials for the Homeless World Cup team in 2008, represented India in Melbourne. He was initially designated as goalie but ended up playing outfield too!
Homkant returned from Australia with great determination to change his life and use football to make a difference to the homeless and slum communities of his country. He began to help out with the Slumsoccer tournaments, organized by Homeless World Cup partners Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur and was given a full time post with them early in 2009. India was chosen as one of the pilot countries for the Football Plus programme and Homkant took the opportunity to train as a coach and now works with groups of street children and slum and shelter dwellers creating teams, delivering coaching sessions and organizing tournaments Homeless World Cup Director of Football Andy Hook said “I first met Homkant when doing a coaching course in Nagpur, he was very quiet and reserved but very interested in being involved in the coaching, when I met with him again after Melbourne he has developed into a good, confident coach and is a fantastic role model for the children he coaches`
Homkant is now a full time staff member of Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur he regularly delivers coaching session to kids from different slums and rehabilitation projects. He got trained under Football Plus Program which was run by Homeless World Cup Foundation.
His journey started with a small step when he kicked a ball for the first time in his life a year ago at one of Slum Soccer’s bi-weekly training sess
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Homkant is the son of a marginal laborer who comes from a remote village called Ner, near Yavatmal in the state of Maharashtra and left his home when m
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