The Role of Sport in Peace Building Conference

Date: Wednesday 14th April

Time: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

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The inaugural Role of Sport in Peace Building Conference will highlight the importance of sport and how it can have such a powerful role in peace building in Northern Ireland.

At the grassroots or community level, sport can be seen to provide a useful way of creating an environment in which people can come together to work towards the same goal, show respect for others and share space and equipment. All these aspects are crucial to peace building processes.

This conference will be an evening event facilitated by U105 radio presenter Denise Watson and will hear from speakers who have been involved in grassroots sport development within Belfast and how this has built positive relations amongst these communities.

Our keynote speaker is Rory Best OBE was the Ireland and Ulster Captain and the most-capped hooker for Ireland with an impressive 100+ International and over 200 Ulster Caps to his name. He is one of the most highly respected figures in Irish rugby and is a talismanic figure with Ulster.  Rory has a passion for grassroots development in sport and how it enhances the advancement of communities and teach young people about showing respect for others.

Also speaking is Richard Maguire, Chair of East Belfast GAA and player Cabrini Brown.  This GAA team is like no other.  Whilst other GAA teams in Northern Ireland which the followers are usually from the Nationalist community, East Belfast GAA from the outset is a cross-community team of both Unionists and Nationalists, and actively promoting friendship and cooperation between both sides of the political divide.  We will hear more about their journey in establishing the club with the challenges it has faced and the community support it has received.

Also featured in the conference will be the PEACE IV Belfast City Council programme On the Right Track! We will hear an update on how the sports development programme is creating opportunities for young people and sports clubs to learn, share and play together.  The presentation will show how the programme is designed to combine sport and good relations to maximise benefits to participants, clubs and community groups and promote peace and reconciliation.

Our final speaker is Marissa Callaghan, captain of Northern Ireland women’s national football team and player-coach for Cliftonville Ladies. Marissa has 61 caps for Northern Ireland and has been with the Reds since 2005, winning a Women’s Irish Cup in 2015. Marissa, who is originally from West Belfast, started playing football at the age of five and has helped change the face of women’s football in Northern Ireland.

The conference will provide an insight into our PEACE IV On the Right Track! sports development programme which creates opportunities for young people and sports clubs to learn, share and play together.

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