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Children Score for Peace!

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Prize-giving ceremony celebrates Schools Festival Day

 Football4Peace

IMG2_-_Children_Score_for_PeaceMore than 150 local children from mainstream and disability secondary schools in Limavady, Donegal and Derry/Londonderry environs recently took part in a Football4Peace Summer Schools Festival at Maginn Park, Buncrana.  The event is an extension of the highly successful Football4Peace Ireland Programme, funded by the International Fund for Ireland.  A special prize-giving ceremony took place at the Park to mark the successful conclusion of the Festival. 

 

 

Football4Peace Ireland is a values-based programme that brings young children from different communities together through the medium of sport and in particular football. By integrating the children and coaches and involving them in football activities, the programme promotes social values such as respect, responsibility, equity, inclusion and trust.

 

Damien McColgan, coordinator, F4P said: “Football4 Peace is an excellent example of how we can break down traditional barriers and encourage greater interaction among children from both traditions. By providing a fun setting for pupils to mix with each other, it has been a real success in bringing local children together who might not have interacted before - creating new friendships along the way”. 

 

Mary Devlin of the International Fund for Ireland stated: “The Fund is delighted to support Football4Peace, which is a fantastic example of how reconciliation can be achieved by bringing young people together through the medium of sport. Initiatives like this have a very positive impact for reconciliation by promoting greater cross-community links and indeed friendships between participants.”

 

The programme is a joint venture between Inishowen Development Partnership, the Northern Irish Football Association, the Football Association of Ireland, Limavady Grass Roots and the Inishowen School Boys League.  Funding for the programme has been primarily provided by the International Fund for Ireland under its Building Foundations, Community Based Economic and Social Regeneration Programme.

 

Helping to present the prizes at the event was Councillor Gerry Mullan, Lord Mayor of Limavady; Councillor Martin Reilly, Mayor of Derry/Londonderry; and Mary Devlin, Programme Manager, International Fund for Ireland.

 

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