With the Belfast Interface Games underway, the results of the program have already been overwhelmingly positive. The event, which combines Ireland’s three most popular sports– rugby, football, and Gaelic football– gives children from different backgrounds the opportunity to try new sports and meet new people.
A story featured on the front page of Friday’s Belfast Telegraph details the program, including the process by which participants learned new sports while simultaneously making new friends:
Coach Amy Murphy (16) said: “This is about promoting diversity through sport.
“When the children started you could see the odd one here and there not wanting to participate just because they had never tried the sport before. But, when they did, they loved it.
“And, you have Catholic kids and Protestant kids who are the best of friends because they are on the same team and not a bad word is ever said.
To read the full Telegraph article, click here.
This project is supported under the Belfast PEACE III Plan by the European Union’s “European Regional Development Fund” through the PEACE III Programme.