Approximately €1.7m worth of funding has been secured by Leitrim County Council as Lead Partner on behalf of the County Leitrim Peace IV Partnership.
The Sports 4 Peace Programme relates to the Children & Young People theme. The aim of this project is to enhance the capacity of children and young people to form positive and effective relationships with others of a different background and make a positive contribution to building a cohesive society. This project seeks to explore religious and cultural diversity through sports. Young people from cross-community/cross-border backgrounds from Leitrim and Fermanagh will develop skills for sport, communication and building confidence as well as building and development relationships, promote diversity, trust and positive relations.
This programme was advertised on eTenders and the Ulster University Centre for Sports Enterprise were the successful tenderer with their submission. The proposal will link 2 soccer clubs in Leitrim with 2 soccer clubs in Fermanagh where they will engage in a number of sporting activities and workshops:
- There will be a number of soccer camps which will include team building and problem solving activities
- There will be a trip to a Northern Ireland international match in Belfast which will include peace building workshops and a tour of the Belfast Murals and Peace Walls.
- A Sports Leadership course which is a Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership
- A ‘Paddle 4 Peace’ residential which will include kayaking on the Shannon Erne Blueway, Lough Key Zipit & Borda Borg & ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ workshops
The Ulster University are currently finalising the selection of the 4 clubs to be involved and it is expected to have the launch in September 2018.
The programme will be managed by Kyle Ferguson, Course Director at the School of Sport, Ulster University.
For more information on the Leitrim County PEACE IV Action Plan check out http://www.leitrimcoco.ie/eng/Community-Culture/Community/Peace-IV/Peace-IV.html
Match-funding for this element of the PEACE IV Programme has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in Ireland.
The European Union’s PEACE IV Programme is managed by the Special EU programmes Body (SEUPB)