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The Isle of Wight’s Salvation Army Lifehouses will be sending a team to compete in the charity’s annual UK-wide homelessness football tournament – The Partnership Trophy, this week.

Players from the Fellowship House Lifehouse and Melville Street Lifehouse in Ryde, as well as the Priory Lifehouse in Newport, will head to Manchester on Thursday (27th September).

They will be taking on more than 20 teams from across The Salvation Army’s UK homelessness services in a new kit supplied by local business Elite Soccer UK.

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The Partnership Trophy is in its eighth year and is a day for celebrating the achievements of residents at Salvation Army Lifehouses and promoting a positive and healthy lifestyle.

The UK’s greatest female footballer, Kelly Smith, will be the special guest at this year’s tournament.

Director of The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Services Mitch Menagh says it’s an honour to have Kelly attending the 2018 tournament:

“The Partnership Trophy is a celebration of everything our residents have overcome and achieved, and it’s a day for everyone in our services to come together – staff, volunteers and clients alike – for some healthy competition and a bit of fun.

“Having Kelly there will be a real highlight and it will be great for our service users to be able to hear her experiences from on and off the pitch.”

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The Partnership Trophy is another way of promoting positive and independent living to clients in The Salvation Army’s homelessness service, Mitch says…

“We recognise that it’s not just food and shelter that is needed to help people rebuild their lives so in our Lifehouses, alongside our training in basic life skills and housing, employment and addiction support services, we also provide support that boosts people’s confidence and well-being.

“Exercise and sport is a positive way for people to spend their time, as well as boosting both their physical and mental health”.

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