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UEL Sports journalism students show their multimedia skills in Moscow

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Trio travel to Russia to volunteer at the Street Child World Cup

As football fans across the world enjoy the FIFA World Cup 2018, three sports journalism students at University of East London (UEL) can be proud of their special contribution. 

In the run-up to the competition, UEL students Robson Friend (pictured right), Robert Wheeler and Liam MacDevitt headed to Moscow for 12 days to volunteer at the Street Child World Cup – an international football tournament and arts festival hosted by the charity Street Child United. 

The organisation strives to tackle the negative perceptions and treatment endured by street-connected children across the world.

Robson, who was recently awarded the UEL Sports Journalist of the Year prize, said, “We decided to get involved because not only did the opportunity serve as a great chance for all of us to showcase the multimedia skills we’ve developed at UEL, but more importantly it allowed us to be a part of a team that helped make a difference for an incredible charity through our creative skills.”

As part of the festival’s communications team, Robson, Robert, and Liam were able to share amazing stories with millions of people using their journalistic skills.

And on hand to motivate, guide, and inspire the young football stars taking part was the former Arsenal and Brazil footballer Gilberto Silva (pictured left), who is an ambassador for Street Child United.

Robson said, “Gilberto told us how important football is as a tool and platform to promote change and development. It unites the children and opens doors, especially in the case of the street-connected children involved in the event who previously had no voice.”

The UEL trio said their experience was fantastic, the Russian people were very friendly and welcoming, and Moscow was ‘visually stunning’.