Creating Positive Legacies
8th May 2014
Thanks to money secured through NI Community Relations Council, we were able to deliver an extensive community relations programme focussed on building relations between teenagers across the interface.
Twelve young people participated in a programme that challenged the mindsets of the young people, provided adrenaline filled activities and an environment where young people could build relationships naturally.
The first phase was a panel discussion with Linfield captain Michael Gault and Belfast Celtic representatives Padraig Coyle and Marty Flynn. The core of the session looked at the general perception that Linfield is an exclusively protestant club and that Belfast Celtic was an exclusively catholic club.
We focused on Michael Gault who is a catholic and Elisha Scott, a protestant, and a Belfast Celtic legend who went on to become a distinguished player at Liverpool FC. We believe that this encapsulates a historical and contemporary example of how perceptions form a key part of our thinking, creating stereotypes and perpetuating ignorance of the facts. The young people were encouraged to engage the panel about general experiences of the game including perceptions, sectarianism and respect amongst clubs.
The theme continued into the OCN Level II course “Us and Them” where again the participants were encouraged to challenge stereotypes and tackle perceptions.
Trips followed to Croke Park and the Boyne visitor’s centre where young people got informative insights into both the main cultures before a fun-packed day enjoying Paintball and Go Karting.
The programme culminated in a residential at Todd’s Leap, Ballygawley, where the young people were exhilarated by activities such as Zip line, Off Road Driving, Hill Rally and the Giant Swing. The young people also enjoyed team building activities and a trip to the cinema before the obligatory all-nighter left the youth workers deprived of their much needed sleep and left them longing for their own warm beds.
For more information, simply contact:
- Neil McKee
- Tel: 028 9062 9146