MPs took to the field today (Tuesday 18 June) in a charity football game against residents of The Salvation Army’s Booth House Lifehouse (shelter) team in London.
Eleven MPs and parliamentary staff were beaten 5-1 in the match against the winners of The Partnership Trophy - a football tournament for teams from all the Army's Lifehouses across the UK.
The match aimed to raise awareness of the issues of homelessness and to celebrate the achievements of service users.
Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry and team captain, said: "I am delighted to be involved with The Salvation Army in this way. I am very impressed with the work it does, working with residents of Lifehouses such as Booth House.”
He added: “I think it's a wonderful idea to use the beautiful game to build the confidence of participants. The Salvation Army throughout its history has worked with people who are homeless. It is inspiring to know that their services offer more than a place to stay. The Salvation Army aims to help people rebuild their lives, establishing purpose and building relationships through development training, life skills and group work through such events as this.”
Major David Lees, Centre Manager of Booth House for The Salvation Army, said: "Both teams played really well - it was a good natured game. It was great to see Booth House win convincingly with a real team effort and some outstanding goals. Good try Parliamentary team, but our team were just too good!
Major Lees added: “The competitors are all living in our Lifehouse, and football gives them an opportunity to be part of a team, and gives them a sense of confidence and achievement to make a positive change in their lives."