Release Date: 27/09/2012
BALLYNAFEIGH’S Shared Neighbourhood Festival celebrates the unique and diverse qualities of the Ballynafeigh area.
The festival includes a variety of events that encourage the different individuals, groups, and cultures within the area to engage with one another.
The festival finished on Sunday and one of the concluding events was a football match featuring residents from Ballynafeigh and the surrounding area against World United, an intercultural team based in Belfast that was created to promote respect through the medium of football.
Prior to the match, World United Chairperson, Paul Moffett and World United player, Reg Vellem hosted an anti-racism and respect workshop for the Ballynafeigh Select team. This included a variety of practical activities that provided participants an opportunity to engage with members of World United and to challenge their perceptions of ethnic minorities, and those of a different background/race/culture. It was very in-keeping with the goals of the festival and participants thoroughly enjoyed it.
At Ulidia Playing fields, the match was played in good spirits and was a pretty even contest, 0-0 at half-time. Word United took the lead early in the second half, but Ballynafeigh Select soon equalised and went on to become eventual winners, the match ending 3-1.
Ballynafeigh Community Development Association and organisers of the Ballynafeigh Shared Neighbourhood Festival would like to thank World United and everyone who participated, and hope to work with World United again in the near future.
Irish FA Chief Executive, Patrick Nelson, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Ballynafeigh’s Shared Neighbourhood Festival through our partnership with World United. Sunday is a great example of how the universal power of football can be used to support community driven good relations initiatives. The Irish FA is committed to a shared future for all and football for all.”
Irish FA Head of Community Relations, Michael Boyd added: “I would like to thank Claire Rea from the local community for helping to organise this event. Claire is an unsung hero and a real credit to her community. I would also like to thank both UEFA and the EU Peace III European Regional Development Fund for their valued support.”
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