One of the University of Brighton professors who co-founded Football for Peace has been invited to advise the United Nations.
Professor John Sugden
John Sugden, the University of Brighton’s Emeritus Professor of the Sociology of Sport, will be part of an expert group supporting the Division for Social Policy and Development of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
He will fly to the UN’s New York headquarters in June for a meeting ‘Strengthening the Global Framework for Leveraging Sport for Development and Peace’ in preparation for a report to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.
Professor Sugden said: “This is an honour for all those at the University who have helped build and promote Football for Peace International. It is also evidence of how the programme is contributing to global policy in and through sport. Continue reading
Professor John Sugden and Dr Gary Stidder were interviewed on At the Foot of the Cross; a BBC show broadcast on Good Friday.
To listen to the interview scroll to 59 minutes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09wgd2c
350 Eastbourne primary school pupils came to The School of Sport and Service Management to participate in a sports festival organised by Football 4 Peace International.
The focus of the day’s activities was to develop an awareness of team work and personal responsibility. The children took part in a in a series of related activities including problem solving, physical challenges, team building, invasion games, survival, exercise and trust games. Continue reading
Physical Education lecturers Dr Gary Stidder, Warren Smart and Simon Green ran a three-day values-based teaching workshop for over 40 Arab and Jewish Israeli sports coaches and teachers.
The event took place at the German Sports University in Cologne, Germany and it shared the Football 4 Peace curriculum and methodology in both a practical and theoretical context. Continue reading
In recent weeks students at the University of Brighton have been running a Gambia Photo Competition aiding in raising awareness and promoting F4P within the university. We can now reveal the four winners.
Carol Webb – Playtime
The Korean Sharing Movement eighth children’s peace football class has come to a successful end. It ran for three months every Saturday since April 1 and for 35 children . What a success!
We had a relatively higher number of girls when compared to our previous classes which in turn allowed us to speak about peace in different ways that may affect them. In addition to our usual coaches we also had Derrick, a Ghanaian student, Umair, a coach from Pakistan and Dea, a coach from Indonesia volunteer to be involved. The children were able have an opportunity to learn about diversity, fairness and empathy thanks to the diverse volunteers.
We asked the children to express their definition of peace on a piece of paper both before and after the program. The first answers were rather vague and ambiguous, with answers such as ‘I don’t know’, ‘not fighting’, and ‘good things’. However, on the second time, there answers such as “respecting and looking out for one another”, “a comfortable state with no war or fighting”, which were far more specific than the answers before the program. We felt very thankful for the children for their spirit and learning over these 3 weeks and hope to be able to continue in our efforts to strive for peace and unity.
Click here to be directed to the Korean Sharing Movements article.
On 18th May 2017 F4P delivered a day of F4p activities to Passmores Academy in Harlow, Essex. As part of the school’s ‘Aspire to Inspire’ day, 13 F4P coaches led a day of activities with messages of trust, respect and teamwork to 207 Year 8 pupils!
On the Wednesday 1st March Ratton School in Eastbourne visited F4P at its base at the University of Brighton for a F4P Leadership Day for their Year 10 Prefects. The day allowed the group to meet students at University and experience the campus, (science labs, halls of residence, sport facilities and lecture theatres) in order to give them an insight and understanding of university life.
In line with the Football v Homophobia Month of Action February 2017, Bournemouth University teamed up with F4P to deliver a two part event drawing together students, football participants, community groups and experts all concerned with promoting safe and socially inclusive spaces to engage effectively with young people.
On the 21st February Football 4 Peace coaches delivered the first F4P v Homophobia Festival at Bournemouth University. The next day, the team joined in a symposium entitled ‘LGBT young people and their sport and leisure’ with speakers from various LGBT+ backgrounds working with the youth and with sport. Graham Spacey and Lydia Hume were invited to speak about the work of F4P in raising awareness of homophobia in sport to young people. Continue reading