Korean Sharing Movement’s Football Peace Classes Kids Camp

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.

 

Developing Young Leaders with Ratton School

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.

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Bournemouth University joins forces with F4P to tackle Homophobia in Football

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

Rugby 4 Peace coaches deliver a session in Ireland

14963463_10153988531679599_1965454930_oOn the 2nd of November, our rugby coaches Tier 2 and 3 (Graham Spacey, Jessica Foster, George Ward, Sean Torrance and supported by Kelly Smith), delivered a training camp in the values-based approach to coaching rugby at Malone RFC in Belfast, to 32 club and community coaches in partnership with Ulster Rugby and funded by a grant from the Northern Ireland Executive.

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Andy joins Nigel Owens to speak out against Homophobia

f4pvhOne of F4P’s most famous F4P coaches – Andy Waterworth joined forces with international Rugby referee Nigel Owens in speaking out against homophobia in sport on Good Morning Ulster.  With Stonewall finding that 72 % of fans have heard homophobia abuse at matches and 1 in 5 18-24 year olds saying they would be embarrassed if their favourite football player came out as gay, football has a long way to go to reach the same place as the game of Rugby in accepting differences on and off the pitch. 
 

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“World Peace Day” – A perspective from Korea on the UK Training camp

Two activists from the Korean Sharing Movement (KSM) participated in the international training camp at the University of Brighton in England.  This is the account of the experiences of Doo Ri Yang and Keun Young Jang.  The original, Korean version can be found on the KSM website click here.

“You might be thinking, ‘Why the UK? Just to play football?’. To introduce you briefly – F4P is a program initiated in 2001 to allow Jewish and Arab children in Israel to better understand each other and resolve conflicts through football. Our group, KSM, drew inspiration from this and have also been running a program called ‘Children’s Football and Peace Class’. Through this, children are able to learn about trust, respect, responsibility, justice and engagement, which, in turn, allows us to seek for peace between South and North Korea.

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F4P to Celebrate International Peace Day

2016%20broadcast%20promo%20image21 September is celebrated globally as the International Day of Peace. Shortly referred to as Peace Day, it was brought into being by United Nations Resolutions in 1981 and 2001. Football4Peace International will join Peace One Day, a non-profit organisation based in London, in their global campaign to celebrate peace and raise awareness. Graham Spacey, our F4P International Partnership Manager and Doori Yang from our F4P Korea partner – Korean Sharing Movement – will join Peace One Day in their discussion about the role of sport in promoting peace to be broadcasted live on Facebook on 21 September at 16:29 BST / 15:29 GMT.

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2016 International Training Camp @ University of Brighton

img_7601F4P International are running their annual International Training Camp in Eastbourne and Falmer in the UK, from Saturday 17 to Tuesday 20th September 2016. With 60 participants from 13 different countries, the camp is truly international in nature.  The focus is on developing a philosophy of values and life skills based coaching and creating an opportunity for participants to share knowledge and experience of the role of sport in peace education. Continue reading