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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F4P International Training Camp in Northern Ireland

Ireland2F4P has a long history of working in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where peace education is of vast importance due to the sectarian conflict between Irish and Northern Irish communities. In April 2016, F4P worked together with The Peace Link to deliver values-based and life skills coaching methodology to students, NGO and sport governing bodies representatives.

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Football 4 Peace Showing Racism the Red Card in Ireland

Between the 12 and 16 of June Laurence Curtis, a Football 4 Peace volunteer and sport coaching student at the School of Sport & Service Management, attended the ‘Show Racism The Red Card’ annual seminar in County Donegal, Ireland. Alongside fellow F4P coach Eoin McCafferty, Laurence presented the University of Brighton led programme to the 30 delegates from countries Germany, Austria, Finland, Serbia, Greece and Croatia.

The conference which took place in Aras Ghleann Cholm Cille in Donegal was to bring likeminded people together to network and discuss how they deal with areas of discrimination in their countries.

Read about the sharing seminar on the Show Racism the Red Card Ireland website

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President of Ireland visits Football 4 Peace

Michael D HigginsFootball coaches from across the Irish divide had the chance to meet the President of the Republic of Ireland through a peace through sport initiative over the weekend.

As part of his state visit to Northern Ireland, Michael D Higgins, President of the Republic of Ireland, met members of the Football 4 Peace (F4P) team in Derry/Londonderry on Saturday to see how it is encouraging good relations and reconciliation between the conflicting communities of Derry/Londonderry.

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