Football 4 Peace International

Using sport to promote peaceful coexistence

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

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…

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Students visit Berlin Sport for Development Projects

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…

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Playing football in Israel

Football 4 Peace International project hits 20th anniversary

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…

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F4P could tackle football racism

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…

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Israel adopts Brighton’s Football for Peace

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…

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F4P commended in national campaign

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…

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Scoring for peace

More than 200 children from secondary schools around Sussex will be taking part in a football festival next week. 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 and South Africa since 2001, uses football to help resolve conflict between…

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University of Brighton academic honoured

A University of Brighton lecturer has been recognised for “making a difference to the teaching of physical education at national and international level”. The Association for Physical Education’s (AfPE) highest honour, the Honoured Members Award 2018, has been awarded to Dr Gary Stidder, Principal Lecturer in PE in the University’s School of Sport and Service…

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Football for Peace professor to join UN

One of the University of Brighton professors who co-founded Football for Peace has been invited to advise the United Nations. John Sugden, the University of Brighton’s Emeritus Professor of the Sociology of Sport, will be part of an expert group supporting the Division for Social Policy and Development of the UN’s Department of Economic and…

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F4P on the BBC

Professor John Sugden and Dr Gary Stidder were interviewed on At the Foot of the Cross; a BBC show broadcast on Good Friday. To listen to the interview scroll to 59 minutes:

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