Street Child World Cup is a global movement for the protection and support of children living on the streets. An initiative of UK registered charity Street Child United, the project works to provide a platform for street children to be heard and challenge the negative perceptions and their treatment around the world through football, art and social campaigning.
Ahead of each FIFA World Cup, the charity unites street children from across five continents to play football and participate in a unique international conference. In April 2014, the 10-day tournament and conference kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event united 230 former street children from 19 countries, drawing from a network of outstanding projects, all campaigning for the rights of street children.
The aim was to empower these ‘street champions’ to remind the world that every street child has a future, regardless of where they come from. It highlighted the idea that no child should have to live on the street if they are protected and given the right opportunities.
Fieldfisher acts as the charity's UK legal counsel and has provided continuous support in the following ways:
- Senior associate Tom Ward advised on the collaboration agreement with Save the Children and sponsorship arrangements with Deutsche Bank
- Solicitor Anita Ngai advised on a film production agreement for the screening of a BBC documentary, various film release contracts, video footage, and help put promotional rights releases in place.
The firm referred them to Brazilian lawyers who have done valuable pro bono work for them in Brazil concerning local tax laws and visa regulations for the visiting children ahead of Rio 2014.
"Street Child World Cup is committed to the belief that no child should have to live or work on the streets. We can honestly say that without the incredible support of Fieldfisher, none of this would have been possible. From legal advice to key introductions in Brazil, Fieldfisher have gone the extra mile and become an invaluable part of the Street Child World Cup family." John Wroe, CEO, Street Child World Cup.