Wednesday 6 April marks International Day of Sport for Development and Peace – an opportunity to recognise the positive role sport and physical activity play in communities and in people’s lives across the globe.
As part of the celebrations Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) will be host a webinar on ‘Peace and Football’.
The event takes place at 8am UK time on Thursday 7 April with speakers including the university’s Dr Tom Carter. Tom is Reader in the School of Sport and Health Sciences and also Director of Football 4 Peace International.
Tom said: “We know that football can be a powerful tool toward the reduction of violence and promotion of peace, reconciliation and social cohesion.
“OFC is on a journey to understanding and maximising this contribution in our region and beyond at a time when this conversation seems more important than ever.”
You can join the discussion on the OFC website.
Covid has impacted many aspects of our lives, but the lack of opportunities to meet face-to-face and to build and maintain our friendships and relationships has been particularly difficult. With this in mind, it felt like the sun was emerging on a new dawn when students from the universities of Brighton, Palacky and Paderborn visited Berlin at the start of November to visit a variety of sport for development projects in the German capital.
Brighton students taking part in the field trip were from the MRes in Sport and International Development, BSc in Sport Coaching and Physical Education BA(Hons) with QTS. Continue reading
Our global project is marking 20 years of its mission to promote peaceful co-existence amid conflict.
Founded in summer 2001 by University of Brighton sports academics Professor John Sugden (left in photo) and Dr Gary Stidder (right in photo) Football 4 Peace International uses education and social engagement alongside sporting activity to deliver ‘values-based’ training and coaching programmes in places facing cross-community conflict, political disorder or social disintegration. The project grew from a smaller-scale initiative set up by Professor Sugden in the 1980s in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, when he was a lecturer at the University of Ulster in Belfast. Continue reading
Our peace-through-football initiative should be adopted by football’s governing bodies to tackle the kind of “appalling” racism witnessed in the Bulgaria-England UEFA EURO qualifier.
That’s the view of Dr Gary Stidder, Principal Lecturer and Co-Founder and Deputy Director of Football 4 Peace.
He said: “In the wake of the appalling scenes in Sofia and the racist behaviour of home fans towards English footballers there is no better time to address coach, supporter and teacher education through values-based programmes. Continue reading
Over 100 children from secondary schools around Sussex took part in the annual Football 4 Peace festival which was the culmination and finale of a week’s long training camp for potential recruits to the programme.
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, Colombia and South Africa since 2001, uses football to help resolve conflict between communities. The festival provided opportunities for new recruits to apply the methodology and put theory into practice with children aged 11 – 12. Continue reading
Pupils from the High Weald Academy in Kent were introduced to the University of Brighton’s pioneering and ground-breaking Football for Peace (F4P) programme as part of a year 7 team building day.
Football 4 Peace coaches worked with 60 year seven pupils and applied the F4P methodology through a series of physical activities aimed to promote values-based teaching and learning such as equity and inclusion, respect, trust, and responsibility. Continue reading
A new collaboration is emerging with Barbarian Rugby Football Club in Bogota, Colombia, which has been using the University of Brighton’s Rugby for Peace curriculum and methodology to bring its community together.
A group visited the programme and began formalising relationships in June 2018 and this July Dr Gary Stidder and Dr Tom Carter from the School of Sport and Service Management visited to work with the Fundación Buen Punto. Established in 2014 the Fundación Buen Punto’s objective is incentivising sport, and reaching children and young adults that find themselves in unfavourable situations with limited resources, or with some form of physical or psychological disability, and who are at risk of exclusion from society. Continue reading
Connor Cook is a second year Physical Education BA(Hons) student and a Football 4 Peace (F4P) trained coach – he has recently returned from a study tour in Northern Ireland where he was involved in coaching using the F4P methodology at Easter football camps.
The camps were run by the Irish Football Association (IFA) as part of their ‘Let Them Play’ Youth Strategy. The IFA run 100 values-based camps a year for Catholic and Protestant children and they include the F4P values-based methodology within all their community and school prgrammes. Continue reading
Left to right – Simon Green, Warren Smart, Gazi Nujeidat, Israel ministry for Culture and Sport, Dr Gary Stidder and Eli Fratoknic, Senior sports leader Israel Sports Authority.
Israel has adopted the University of Brighton programme which uses football to bring together communities in conflict.
Football for Peace (F4P), which has operated in Israel, Palestine, Northern and Republic of Ireland, The Gambia, South Korea and South Africa since 2001, uses value-based coaching to break down barriers.
The announcement by the Israeli Sport Authority followed participation by PE lecturers from the University’s School of Sport and Service Management in a five-day ‘Sport for Life’ training event which involved 50 Arab and Jewish Israeli sports leaders. Continue reading
Football 4 Peace International features in the ‘UK’s Best Breakthroughs’ list, part of the new ‘MadeAtUni’ campaign that celebrates the impact universities have on the wider community.
The list of 100 highlights ground-breaking projects and research which have transformed lives. Universities UK is the representative organisation for all UK universities.
Gary Stidder, co-founder of the initiative with Professor John Sugden, said: “I have been really proud to have been associated with Football 4 Peace International for nearly 20 years. As an educationalist I believe that the multi-dimensional research, education and social engagement platform that utilises physical education and sport has had a major impact in areas suffering from high levels of cross-community conflict and various forms of political disorder and social disintegration. Continue reading