F4P volunteers run a number of regular events in England, particularly around Eastbourne and its surrounding areas. Below are the examples of our annual/biannual events, however, we are always looking forward to working with new schools, organisations and communities and are therefore happy to hear about any occasions that would enable us to disseminate our impact even further.
F4P Chelsea Children’s Camp
Chelsea Children’s Camp is one of the oldest community projects at the University of Brighton, working with disadvantaged children to offer a chance to spend some quality time with their peers, positive role models and university staff and have fun through different exercises and activities. Each child that CCC works with is disadvantaged in one way or another. Some have experienced abuse – sexual, physical or emotional; others are coping with bereavement – often of a sibling or parent; some are ‘looked after’ by the state – they are living with a foster family or in a children’s home; some are the primary care giver of a family member; some have a disability. Most come from low-income homes where the mere thought of experiencing a holiday is often just a dream. The week long residential to Eastbourne is educationally based where learning takes place through experiences, activities, locations and positive role models. Northamptonshire is a land locked city in the centre of England and many of the young people have not experienced a national park, a university setting, the seaside or budgeting / shopping / cooking for themselves.
F4P Challenge Camp
The Challenge Camp is organised two to three times a year as a part of the widening participation programme of the University of Brighton, sponsored by COMPACT. It is organised for the primary school children from the local area, particularly from disadvantaged areas around Eastbourne where university enrolment rate is lower. Priority is given to children on free school meals, with asylum seeker status, home schooled, with care giving responsibilities and / or from families without a tradition of progression to higher education. Children experience a university life and engage with students in fun, engaging activities teaching them life-skills and values.
F4P vs Homophobia / Justin Campaign
The football festival tackling homophobia and bullying in schools, organised at the Sussex Downs College, is F4P’s own take on the Football v Homophobia international initiative. The emphasis is on inclusion and raising awareness of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport. F4P seek to challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions that exist around LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual & transsexual) people and work towards a future where the visibility of LGBT people in sport is both accepted and celebrated. The event is connected to the Justin Campaign, remembering the life of Justin Fashanu who, to date, is the only openly gay Premier League footballer in the UK. Tragically, because of homophobia in the media and from the stands, Justin took his own life in 1998.
F4P volunteers and coaches together with PPGCE students from the School of Sport and Service Management organise and run regular Leadership days for aspiring pupils’ leaders. Pupils take part in a series of activities designed to build relationships, solve problems and promote decision-making. Examples include team building activities, problem solving, decision making scenarios and trust games as well as a classroom-based session on what it means to be a student leader. A pupil-centred teaching approach through the processes of planning, performing and evaluating is used to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding. This process-based approach focuses on learning from doing, ownership of learning and independent learning.
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Since its inauguration in 2014, International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) celebrated on 6 April has become an important global date sharing awareness about the role of sport in sustainable development goals. Recognised as such in its ‘founding document, the UN GA Resolution (A/RES/67/296), it shows the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development. Every year, F4P volunteers and staff have engaged in global activities celebrating the day and re-thinking the role of sport in the global society.
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