Four Monarch Airlines staff members will travel to Amsterdam next month to support The Monarch Foundation’s charity partnership with the Homeless World Cup.
The 13th week-long tournament kicks off on September 12 featuring more than 500 players from a network of 74 global street football partners.
Referees at this year’s tournament will wear Monarch-branded shirts as part of the Monarch Group’s corporate responsibility programme.
Two Monarch staff travelled to Santiago in Chile as international volunteers for the previous tournament in 2014.
The group’s presence will be doubled this year with four employees volunteering at the event.
The four staff supporting the tournament work in a variety of roles at Monarch and are all active supporters of The Monarch Foundation.
Josh Engleman from the PR & Communications team will be the main sports reporter for the event.
Stephen Morris, airside performance manager at Luton, and Nicola Timmins, a cabin manager based at Leeds Bradford airport, will be pitch managers, ensuring the smooth running of each match throughout the tournament.
Sally Russell, who coordinates the work of The Monarch Foundation, will focus on team liaison and volunteer management.
Pauline Prow, chair of The Monarch Foundation said: “The Homeless World Cup is as much about changing perceptions of homelessness as it is about transforming the lives of the players involved.
“Monarch is proud to increase its support for this year’s Homeless World Cup and we are delighted to send four of our staff to this year’s event.
“It is also an honour to have the Monarch logo supporting the referees and on display throughout the tournament.
Homeless World Cup president, Mel Young, added: “We’ve built up a relationship with Monarch over the years – particularly through their volunteering program – which has been very successful.
“Volunteer staff provide an important role in society in general, and Monarch is a great example of what can be done.
“This is a continuation of the journey that we’ve been on already and we’re really pleased that Monarch is partnering with us to further the aims of the Homeless World Cup.”
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