Football 4 Peace International (F4P) is an activity-based community relations and reconciliation initiative. Sports coaches, community leaders and volunteers work alongside each other bringing differing communities together through a variety of sports and aspects of outdoor education.
The project began in 2001 bringing together Jewish and Arab communities in Israel and today has worked and impacted on programmes in Jordan, Palestine, South Africa, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England.
The University of Brighton is the founding partner of F4P and facilitates training, mentoring, research, monitoring and evaluation and providing opportunities for student volunteers within a variety of sport for development and peace initiatives across the world.
The curriculum and coaching methodology devised by the initiative promotes intimate interaction, allowing longer-term relationships and cross-community understanding to flourish.
The aims are fourfold:
The coaching package was created under the leadership by staff at the university’s School of Sport and Service Management.
The package does not emphasise skill development, but more importantly focuses on a values based approach to learning which demands high levels of co-operation and interaction.
Values such as trust, respect, responsibility, equity and inclusion form the basis of our approach.