The Homeless Worlds Cup:
Mel Young

The Thornton Suite, Ibrox

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Mel Young, founder of the Homeless World Cup.

The Homeless World Cup is a unique, pioneering social movement which uses football to inspire homeless people to change their own lives. Homeless World Cup 2015 is taking place in amsterdam from september 12th to September 19th. For more information, visit

President and co-founder of the Homeless World Cup

Mel Young is recognised as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. He is a Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum and he was named a Senior Fellow by Ashoka in 2014.

He is the President of the Homeless World Cup, which he co-founded in 2003. Under his leadership, the organisation and its partners expanded globally, working in 74 countries and touching the lives of over 100,000 homeless people per year.

Previously, Mel worked as a journalist and editor with a social conscience. He co-founded multiple publications, including The Big Issue in Scotland and Senscot (Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland). He is the former President and Honorary President of the International Network of Street Papers.

He is the Chairman of Sportscotland and a non-executive director on the board of Glasgow Life, and a member of the World Economic Forum Sports Agenda Council. He has been awarded five honorary degrees from Scottish universities.

He is a lifelong supporter of Hibernian FC and the author of GOAL! The story of the Homeless World Cup.

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