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'I wouldn't be in the position I am without the Homeless World Cup': Tournament ends on a high in Cardiff

India won the Men’s Dragon Cup. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The Homeless World Cup has ended in Cardiff today.

The Wales Women's team beat the Netherlands 9-7 in their final match earlier but player Bonny Jewell said she does not want the games to end.

Bonny Jewell plays for the Wales Women's team. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

It's been amazing I never thought I'd be able to do it. I've battling it for four years for the try-outs and it's been a dream come true and especially doing it on my home turf as well.

– Bonny Jewell, Wales player

Bonny currently lives with her partner but she said they are in the middle of being evicted.

It's been very difficult, I've had a lot of depression and anxiety but me and my partner have been supporting each other, keeping each other strong.

– Bonny Jewell, Wales player
Bonny's family came to cheer her on. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Street Football Wales director, Keri Harris, said they will support for the homeless players will continue after the tournament is over.

The Wales men's team have finished at their highest position in 17 years. I'm so proud of all of them, they've been incredible.

Hopefully it's going to help change their lives for the better, I just hope we have a really positive impact on them and they know they can achieve anything in life...

There's always a down period after the tournament so we try to support them after the tournament to make sure they don't go too down but it's depressing because they've gone from crowds chanting their names and things like that so it's hard to go back to regular life so we'll support them with that and they'll come back stronger.

– Keri Harris, Street Football Wales founder
Paul Francis has been part of the Wales Men's team. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Paul Francis has been homeless on and off since he was fourteen years old. He used to sleep on the streets of Swansea. Paul said he used to spend £700 a month on cannabis but since the games started he said he has not used the drug at all. He said being part of the games has had a huge impact on his life.

I wouldn't be in the position I am without the Homeless World Cup. I'd recommend this experience to anyone because it does help...

So many people are ostracised away from family and you turn up to the Homeless World Cup and it is just one massive family from 51 countries and everyone just gets on.

– Paul Francis, Wales player
Actor Michael Sheen helped bring the tournament to Cardiff. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

First and foremost, what we wanted to do was make sure the 500 people who came from all over the world had a fantastic experience because I know that it can be life-changing. I know that it can be the catalyst for big changes in people's lives because I've seen that happen.

What we're really hoping for moving forward is to be able to take all that good will, all that support from people... and take it forward so that we can work and create change for not just the 500 people who have taken part here but for the whole of Wales.

– Michael Sheen

This year, Mexico have won the Homeless World Cup in Cardiff.

The tournament will be held in Finland’s second largest city, Tampere, in 2020.

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