Former homeless teenager is packing his bags for Brazil

Nathan Bowen

Nathan Bowen

First published in News

A FORMER homeless teenager from Brighton is packing his bags for Brazil.

Nathan Bowen will fly out to Rio De Janeiro to be part of the Global Youth Forum on Football for Social Change.

Nathan now works for Albion in the Community and attended their football sessions while living at Brighton Foyer, a hostel in the city for the homeless.

Nathan also captained the England team in 2007 Homeless World Cup.

He said: “I moved out of home when I was 16 and it was difficult. I was living in hostels and at that stage I could have gone down the wrong path.

“I got involved with AITC and they gave me the chance to do something positive with my life.”

He now works as a health development officer for AITC, working on projects across Brighton and Hove that use football to engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Nathan added: “I have been able to use my background and experiences to help other young people in a similar situation to me.”

Whilst in Rio de Janeiro, Nathan is hoping to make it to the world famous Maracana Stadium to see a second round game.

Nathan said: “To experience a World Cup in a country where football means so much will be incredible as will the chance to travel and meet new people.

“It is an opportunity I thought I’d never get.”

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9:39pm Sat 14 Jun 14

NathanAdler says...

This guy has a great first name!!!
This guy has a great first name!!! NathanAdler
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10:15pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Vigilia says...

"He said: “I moved out of home when I was 16"
How was he "homeless" when he has a home?
I have two forty years old daughters who will never be homeless because their home is with me, their parent.
"He said: “I moved out of home when I was 16" How was he "homeless" when he has a home? I have two forty years old daughters who will never be homeless because their home is with me, their parent. Vigilia
  • Score: -4

4:49am Sun 15 Jun 14

Sanityitself says...

Vigilia wrote:
"He said: “I moved out of home when I was 16"
How was he "homeless" when he has a home?
I have two forty years old daughters who will never be homeless because their home is with me, their parent.
HI, I am not entirely sure quite what point you are trying to make but I am certain it's unnecessarily smug. So, what happens if you lose your home?

Some people are not lucky enough to have such a beautiful relationship with their parents and find themselves homeless. It happens.
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: "He said: “I moved out of home when I was 16" How was he "homeless" when he has a home? I have two forty years old daughters who will never be homeless because their home is with me, their parent.[/p][/quote]HI, I am not entirely sure quite what point you are trying to make but I am certain it's unnecessarily smug. So, what happens if you lose your home? Some people are not lucky enough to have such a beautiful relationship with their parents and find themselves homeless. It happens. Sanityitself
  • Score: 6

4:49am Sun 15 Jun 14

Sanityitself says...

Vigilia wrote:
"He said: “I moved out of home when I was 16"
How was he "homeless" when he has a home?
I have two forty years old daughters who will never be homeless because their home is with me, their parent.
HI, I am not entirely sure quite what point you are trying to make but I am certain it's unnecessarily smug. So, what happens if you lose your home?

Some people are not lucky enough to have such a beautiful relationship with their parents and find themselves homeless. It happens.
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: "He said: “I moved out of home when I was 16" How was he "homeless" when he has a home? I have two forty years old daughters who will never be homeless because their home is with me, their parent.[/p][/quote]HI, I am not entirely sure quite what point you are trying to make but I am certain it's unnecessarily smug. So, what happens if you lose your home? Some people are not lucky enough to have such a beautiful relationship with their parents and find themselves homeless. It happens. Sanityitself
  • Score: -3

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