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

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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“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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Tavindy interview our partners Geri and Maurice from Sandele Foundation in The Gambia

10308276_10203078705101494_5410698329825006552_nTravindy, a blog about responsible tourism, have interviewed our partners at the Sandele Eco Retreat in The Gambia. Geri and Maurice, who set up the Sandele Foundation in order to support local environmental and economic development by facilitating locally owned environmentally friendly solutions, talked about their work, peer to peer (P2P) training for the locals, cooperation with the University of Brighton as well as Football 4 Peace.

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