In this Film Ireland Podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Director Daniel Holmes & Producer Matthew Toman about their film Street Leagues, which tells the inspiring story of the Irish Homeless Street Leagues – where homeless people and recovering addicts use the power of sport to regain their self-worth and reclaim their lives.
Street Leagues is in cinemas from 25th September 2020.
The Irish Homeless Street Leagues take a unique approach to helping homeless people and recovering addicts reclaim their lives by using the power of sport. The film follows a group of players as they rise from their daily struggles to compete on the world stage in the Homeless World Cup, finding self-worth & a sense of purpose along the way. Featuring contributions from actor Colin Farrell (the ambassador for the team), the film showcases the dramatic ripple effect that’s possible within any society when its marginalized members are empowered to fulfill their true potential.
Street Leagues tells the story of the Irish Homeless Street Leagues, a nonprofit based in Dublin, Ireland that uses the power of sport to transform the lives of the socially excluded. In most cases, these are people who are homeless, out of prison, or recovering from addiction. Many players have gone from being on the streets to fully reintegrating back into society within a year after they’ve regained their self-worth from playing in the Street Leagues. As Ireland’s homelessness crisis continues to get alarmingly worse (a 300% increase in the past 5 years), the grassroots efforts of the Street Leagues have never been more necessary.