'JLS' scoop football Fair Play Award
A FIVE-A-SIDE football team representing two Torbay projects has just returned from England's Homeless Football Tournament with the Award for Fair Play.
The players, who are all residents from The Leonard Stocks Centre and the Jatis Project, travelled to Manchester to take part in the national tournament on May 15.
They gained the nickname 'JLS' as they were playing for Jatis-Leonard-Stocks.
Chapter 1 provides accommodation and related support services to help vulnerable people enjoy a more fulfilled life and the tournament was co-ordinated by Chapter 1's homeless project in Manchester.
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It had been selected by the Homeless FA as England's celebration of UEFA's Grass Roots day.
A total of 26 teams from a wide range of homeless projects around the country took part, including six from Chapter 1. Every player received a medal but JLS also received a trophy. They were presented with the Fair Play Award.
Tournament organiser Dean Ashton said: "Massive congratulations to Chapter1's 'JLS' for bringing an inspirational, warming and friendly aspect to the game of football, which is sometimes lost through the need to win. You well deserved the Fair Play Award."
Like all the best football teams, the Torbay squad had a sponsor, the Friends of Factory Row.
Team member Terry Ingham said: 'Without the support of Chapter1, Shekinah, Jatis, and the Friends we may not even have got to Manchester, let alone have our smart team strip, but it's about more than football. It's about giving homeless people a real chance to do something positive to change their lives. This award is a credit to them as well as to us."