Scoring for peace

More than 200 children from secondary schools around Sussex will be taking part in a football festival next week.

The University of Brighton’s Football 4 Peace (F4P) programme, which has operated in Israel, Palestine, Northern and Republic of Ireland, The Gambia, South Korea and South Africa since 2001, uses football to help resolve conflict between communities.

Last year children from around East and West Sussex and delegates from Ghana, South Africa, South Korea, Democratic Republic of Conga, Iran, Sudan, Czech Republic and Northern Ireland, took part in the F4P International Festival which is held at the University’s Falmer campus. Continue reading

University of Brighton academic honoured

A University of Brighton lecturer has been recognised for “making a difference to the teaching of physical education at national and international level”.

The Association for Physical Education’s (AfPE) highest honour, the Honoured Members Award 2018, has been awarded to Dr Gary Stidder, Principal Lecturer in PE in the University’s School of Sport and Service Management.

Dr Stidder, who coordinates the initial teacher training for Physical Education and is the subject’s route leader for PGCE and Schools Direct student trainees, received his award for services to physical education and for instilling values based education within the PE curriculum through his work with Football 4 Peace (@F4Pvalues). Continue reading

Football for Peace professor to join UN

One of the University of Brighton professors who co-founded Football for Peace has been invited to advise the United Nations.

photo of Professor John Sugden

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

Primary School Sports Festival

Photo of the children playing with hula hoops350 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

Academics share the Football 4 Peace Philosophy

photo of the group of coaches and teachersPhysical 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

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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