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William ‘wants to bring England team’s self-belief to homelessness project’

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William ‘wants to bring England team’s self-belief to homelessness project’

The Prince of Wales says he wants to instil the “self-belief” shown by England’s Euro 2024 team into the organisations signed up to his project to end homelessness.

William marked the first year of his Homewards initiative by returning to the London Borough of Lambeth where he launched the initiative, and revealed he shouted himself hoarse during the Three Lions’ tense semi-final victory over the Netherlands in Germany. The future King apologised for his slight loss of voice as he met representatives working to eradicate homelessness in six locations: Newport, Lambeth, Belfast, Aberdeen, Sheffield and three neighbouring Dorset towns, Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch. In a speech he reiterated his belief that homelessness “can be ended” and said the ideas and approaches being developed in the six target areas “will have the power to inspire change across the UK and beyond”. The prince, who is president of the Football Association and an Aston Villa fan, posted on social media after manager Gareth Southgate’s team booked their place in the Euro 2024 final with a last-gasp goal by Villa player Ollie Watkins. Writing under his own name William posted on X: “What a beauty, Ollie! Congratulations England!” Ian Jones, head of external engagement at Bournemouth University, which is involved with the Homewards project, brought up England’s victory while chatting to William: “He said he was hoarse and he would be, he’s an Aston Villa fan. “I just told him working with Homewards makes us proud just as he would have felt last night when Ollie Watkins scored the last goal. “Of course he wanted to talk about last night as well. He said how proud he was about their victory last night and was convinced Ollie Watkins would do something great – he knew that. “And he said the self-belief in it, that’s the sort of thing he’s trying to do with us, to work on these projects.”

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