Release Date: 11/07/2012
IN partnership with Ulster Rugby, the Gaelic Athletic Association, and the Irish Football Association, PeacePlayers International - Northern Ireland (PPI-NI) will host the Belfast Interface Games (BIG), a series of cross-community multi-sport camps for children aged 9–13 years from North, East and West Belfast in July and August.
This project is supported under the Belfast PEACE III Plan by the European Union's “European Regional Development Fund” through the PEACE III Programme.
The Belfast Interface Games will feature the Game of Three Halves, which incorporates three of the most popular sports in Northern Ireland (rugby, football, and Gaelic football), as well as community relations activities.
The initiative aims to promote respect for diversity in a fun and safe environment during a time of historically heightened tensions in Belfast’s interface communities, while introducing young people to the three different sports. In the spirit of the 2012 London Olympic Games, the three camps in North, West, and East Belfast will culminate with a flagship event, which is tentatively planned for Friday, August 10, and will bring together all participants from East, West, and North Belfast.
Irish FA President Jim Shaw said: “With support from EU Peace III, the Irish FA is delighted to be a key partner in the Belfast Interface Games, working with other sports, Belfast City Council, local clubs and local community groups across Belfast. Sport is a great tool for promoting good relations and this work further supports our existing Football For All programme which is making a positive difference in the community across Northern Ireland.”
Children interested in attending one of the camps may register online at www.peaceplayersintl.org by following the link to Support Us/ Upcoming Events page.
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