Havana Football
Project info

Cuba is famous for it’s sporting excellence. The national game is Baseball and Cuba currently holds more Olympic medals for boxing than any other nation- 34 in total. But the game that you see being played today is football. I discovered this little football club on a recent visit to Havana in March and I have since been back to continue shooting the progress of the club and the remarkable people who run it. The community project has been set up by the hard work of the local people who work under extremely difficult conditions to maintain the facilities. Cuba is a desperately poor nation and many people live in extremely difficult circumstances. The players are desperate for footballs, many of them play in bare feet, some with only one shoe. They have no kits, the goal nets have holes in them, but the spirit and the talent and passion of the players is astonishing. The club serves all age groups and has been set up to help give children from one of the most deprived parts of Havana a focal point for their unique talents. They may be short on basic equipment but the people here are some of the friendliest and most talented people that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.