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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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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