Homeless World Cup Graz European Street Football Festival

Homeless World Cup Graz European Street Football Festival

Over the past year Cooper Software has been working closely with the Homeless World Cup Foundation to deliver a bespoke Tournament Engine which meets the inclusive and accessible nature of the Homeless World Cup. This journey for me, Patrick, a developer at Cooper Software began when I was a volunteer at the 2017 Homeless World Cup in Oslo. I was the scoring manager for that event and the experience there allowed me to not only envision a software solution but to build a strong relationship with the Homeless World Cup Foundation and its staff.

Since the event in Oslo the team at Cooper Software have been working on the solution in preparation for the 2018 Homeless World Cup in Mexico. We hope that the solution will allow the Homeless World Cup to deliver and manage the tournament with ease, this will enable the Foundation and the Volunteers to focus on making the events as memorable as possible for the participants.

Due to working closely with the Homeless World Cup on the Tournament Engine, Cooper Software has agreed to become the Official Technology Partner, and the Homeless World Cup Foundation has become Cooper Software’s chosen Charity. Today I am in Graz at the European Street Football Festival organised by the Homeless World Cup Foundation in conjunction with the partner from Austria – Initiative Goal, with funding from the European Union.

I am putting the Tournament Engine through its paces in preparation for Mexico in November. This is a particularly poignant tournament as The Homeless World Cup is returning to where it began fifteen years ago in 2003. The Graz tournament is a much smaller scale than the Homeless World Cup will be. And so, it provides an ideal platform to test the solution to identify what work is still required before the Tournament is ready for Mexico.

The tournaments that the Homeless World Cup organise have a special atmosphere for all involved, spectators, volunteers, coaches and especially players – for whom it is a reward for successfully participating in one of the 72 partner programs in countries around the world. I speak for all of Cooper Software when I say that we are absolutely delighted to be involved and hope that we can continue to contribute to help the Homeless World Cup.

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