image caption A Welsh men's and women's team will compete in the Four Nations Homeless Challenge Cup in Scotland
Wales will send teams at the very first Four Nations Challenge Cup for the sShelter in Edinburgh this weekend.
The tournament follows the Homeless World Cup, which took place in Cardiff in 2019.
Teams from Wales, England, Scotland and No Northern Ireland will participate.
Actor Michael Sheen, who " put everything into play "to finance the 2019 event after funding failed, said the events help fight "fundamental injustice " in our society.
The Homeless World Cup has been an annual event since 2001, held in cities like Melbourne and Rio.
media legend Sheen said he has given everything to make the Homeless World Cup happen in 2019
The aim of the project is to improve the lives ofhomeless while addressing public perceptions and stereotypes of homelessness.
After two events postponed due to the pandemic, the smaller UK tournament was hosted by the Homeless World Cup Foundation, with the Street Football Wales charity in charge of the Welsh teams.
Michael Sheen has been heavily involved in founding and Street Football Wales since the World Cup in Cardiff.
"I just thought I will do whatever I can to make sure that ... all over the world, some of the most vulnerable people going through the most difficult times have this opportunity "said Sheen.
"People talk about getting a second chance, well, a lot of these people never got a first chance, so I wanted to be able to do whatever I could to be able to help with that.
caption of the image Mr. Sheen said he was disappointed that they could not use the momentum of World Cup 2019 to get things done, due to the pandemic
Mr Sheen said such events were aimed at helping people who find themselves in difficult circumstances and who are not receiving the proper support and help because of where they are. born or where they come from, and that is not fair ".
"Whether it is roaming orgoing through the health care system, or whatever, I think there is a fundamental injustice and that we as a society should try to do our best to restore that balance "he said. it added.
'How to do better? '
image caption Lloyd Jones says he feels "nervous but also very excited
Representative for Wales Lloyd Jones, of Merthyr Tydfil, was previously homeless and said events like this benefited his mental health.
"I have been homeless shelter for a while, you've always had someone worse off than you, but by the time I just finished it I did what I had to do, ”Mr. . Lloyd.
"I kept my head down and collapsed, and being here today playing football, it 's no better feeling .
"Being part of this team, with a bunch of good boys, it helps my sanity a lot.
" I'm going to Scotland on Friday, I'm part of a big tournamentrepresenting my country, how can I do better than that?
image caption Caitlin Thomas is responsible for thedevelopment for Street Football Wales
Caitlin Thomas is in charge of the Women's National Team and said the impact of the tournament on the players is clear.
"It has been huge for them, a lot of them have given me comments telling me how it has a positive impact on them " she said. stated.
"A lot of them are still struggling now and it's kind of a distraction from our weekly training and preparation for this competition.
caption of the image Scott Jeynes of Street Football Wales says the event has a real impact on the lives of players
Scott Jeynes, Project Manager for Street Football Wales, is in charge of the Men's National Team.
"Many of our players suffer from anxiety and depression, and our guys come here every day with smiles on their faces when we train "he said.
The Four Nations Challenge Cup runs from September 18-19.