The Lisburn & Castlereagh PEACE IV Partnership launched its PEACE Grants Programme to support locally-based projects and initiatives that would promote positive relations between people from different backgrounds and communities.
Crewe were delighted to take part in this initiative and ran Easter, Summer and Halloween Camps along with two cross border trips to Dublin using sport to break down barriers in the community. The programme saw the club develop close links to St Michael’s Magheralin GAC and also participants from our own club and the local area.
The Camps saw the young participants take part or learn about a wide variety of sports such as boxing, gaelic games, motocross, bubble football, mini rugby and of course football which was enjoyable for everyone and expanded the learning and participation of those involved.
The programme targeted young people between the ages of 5-16 years old. Throughout the Programme we used the qualities amd skills needed for Sport and translated this to everyday life and interaction with others highlighting commonality regardless of religion, ethnicity or background. By focusing on sporting examples we dealt with subjects such as emblems, challenging stereotypes, identity etc and looking forward to a shared future and shared facilities.
As part of the final strand of the programme we took over 60 participants to Lusk and Swords to round off the what has been a very fun but educational programme which will hopefully embed good relations into the lives of all the young people involved. We also included sports training and education for 20 adults so that they can continue the Good Relations work through sporting activity which is a great way to break down the barriers in our society.
We also incorporated Mental Health and Well Being sessions for participants during the Halloween Camp, something which is so important in all of our work as well as the promotion of improved cross community relations. The Programme helped us not only improve community relations but also the physical and mental wellbeing of the young people involved.
We would like to thank all the young people involved in the Programme, their parents and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council staff for all their assistance.
The overall PEACE IV Programme will enhance reconciliation between communities, promote tolerance and respect, helping to reduce levels of sectarianism and racism. The project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).