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Homeless football team aims for a league cup win in Bournemouth

Players from Bournemouth Churches Housing Association team in action Photo: ITV

A football team in Dorset is proving that being down on your luck is no obstacle to success.

The Bournemouth Churches Housing Association team - also known as BCHC - is made up of players who have experienced homelessness, or battled with addictions to drink or drugs.

This year they made it to a tournament cup final and won every single game on their way to the Sway Church's League title.

BCHA FC training ahead of their cup final match

A few of their players have overcome personal battles as well.

Among them is 27-year-old David Coney who now has somewhere to live after being homeless earlier this year.

He says playing in the team alongside "good friends" gave him the motivation he needed to improve his life.

I've recently just started college as well. I'm already thinking about a level 2 (course) in horticulture in September. So yes, it's going brilliant.

– David Coney - Footballer

22-year-old Harry Walsh has been playing in the side since he was 17.

A few years he ago he represented England in the Homeless World Cup.

Harry, who was homeless for approximately two years, now has a home and a job.

He says being part of the team has helped his confidence and mental health.

It's helped me with my confidence. It's helped me work with relationships, helped me be positive about things and have better mental health as well.

– Harry Walsh - Footballer

Hopefully the good feeling they get from the team, themselves individually, how they perform, I think that can only go on and help them in their personal journey.

– Darryl Gibbins - BCHA FC's Manager

The cup final will be last game of the season for the team.

It kicks off at 7:45pm this evening (24th April) at the county ground in Poole.

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