New Supporters Club documentary for Harry Redknapp
30 July 2015
Former Tottenham Hotspur and QPR Manager, the new BT Sport pundit Harry Redknapp, will feature in a new short film by BT Sport Films which airs during its coverage of the FA Community Shield on 2 August.
The documentary highlights the work of BT Sport’s The Supporters Club and follows the story of the Homeless FA’s Training Centre programme which uses football to inspire individuals experiencing homelessness to positively change their lives.
During the documentary Harry makes a surprise visit to the National Football Centre at St. George’s Park to meet up with 40 Team England players selected by the Homeless FA to represent their country at a series of international tournaments including the Homeless World Cup in Amsterdam. Alongside Team England’s Homeless FA coaches James Buckley and Taylor Hitchcock, Harry spends time with the group to provide expert advice and words of encouragement to the participants, including 18 year old Lauren, who experienced homelessness after arguments at home meant she had to leave. Lauren will now represent her country at the Homeless World Cup having been selected through the Aston Villa programme.
The 40 individuals making up Team England were chosen from across 11 professional clubs, including the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, who delivered Training Centre programmes earlier this year, consisting of practical and workshop sessions aimed at boosting the participants’ confidence, communication, teamwork and resilience, as well as football skills.
The project was made possible thanks to a substantial grant from BT Sport’s The Supporters Club, a charitable initiative that has already funded 30 programmes with the aim of helping more young people to change their lives through sport.
The short film will air on BT Sport 2 on Sunday 2 August during of BT Sport’s exclusively live coverage of the FA Community Shield between Chelsea and Arsenal from 2.30pm