Between the 12 and 16 of June Laurence Curtis, a Football 4 Peace volunteer and sport coaching student at the School of Sport & Service Management, attended the ‘Show Racism The Red Card’ annual seminar in County Donegal, Ireland. Alongside fellow F4P coach Eoin McCafferty, Laurence presented the University of Brighton led programme to the 30 delegates from countries Germany, Austria, Finland, Serbia, Greece and Croatia.
The conference which took place in Aras Ghleann Cholm Cille in Donegal was to bring likeminded people together to network and discuss how they deal with areas of discrimination in their countries.
Read about the sharing seminar on the Show Racism the Red Card Ireland website
On the 1st of May, for the second year running, The University of Brighton hosted the F4P v Homophobia Festival in support of the Justin Campaign.
Students volunteering for F4P ran the event, which followed the F4P festival format. Therefore, in addition to the match score, teams scored points through the extent to which the way they played reflected the F4P fair play values.
The collaboration of Football4peace and Eastbourne Town FC saw children from schools across the community come together at the University of Brighton for a free three day event run by students and staff.
The F4P values based coaching methodology was applied. Children made friends from other schools and learnt, through taking part in the activities, the F4P values of fairplay and about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Football coaches from across the Irish divide had the chance to meet the President of the Republic of Ireland through a peace through sport initiative over the weekend.
As part of his state visit to Northern Ireland, Michael D Higgins, President of the Republic of Ireland, met members of the Football 4 Peace (F4P) team in Derry/Londonderry on Saturday to see how it is encouraging good relations and reconciliation between the conflicting communities of Derry/Londonderry.
John Sugden, Professor of Sociology at the University of Brighton and Director of Football 4 Peace International, spoke about sport-related interventions that have contributed to peace processes across the world at the University of Texas at Austin.
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