None of the incredible work PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland (PPI-NI) does would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our coaches That is why this week we took some time to show some appreciation for our local coaches in a special video!
One of our most experienced coaches is Peter Kerr. Peter worked with PPI-NI when we were called “Playing For Peace” and did some work in his home town of Dungannon. Over the past month we have been dedicating time to develop our coaches’ capacity to be the best that they can be for all our programmes. We are in the midst of exciting times, with our sessional staff taking on some increased responsibility in leading twinnings as lead coaches. Leadership Programme Development Coordinator Darryl Petticrew sat down with him to ask about his return.
Darryl: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved with PPI-NI?
Pete: Well, I recently completed my degree at the University of Ulster. I started work with the organization when I was 17, teaching young kids how to play basketball in the Dungannon – Cookstown area. Having come from a mixed background I have always had a strong belief in bringing both sides of the community together and bringing peace to Northern Ireland. I have not seen many better alternatives than what PeacePlayers does.
Darryl: What inspired you to start playing sport and how has it impacted your life?
Pete: Throughout my life I have played many different sports including hurling, rugby, Gaelic and swimming as well as basketball. I have always loved playing team games. It teaches respect, trust, and how to understand different points of view. I remember the first time I ever saw basketball on my television. It was the Orlando Magic versus the Chicago Bulls and greats such as Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Penny Hardaway, Horace Grant and of course the magical Michael Jordan were all on court. I was hypnotized. I knew right then, I had to give the sport a go and it has from then on been a big part of my life.
Darryl: What is your favourite part about working for PPI-NI?
Pete: I love working with kids and getting them interested in a fantastic sport as well as making them aware of their similarities, differences, and to be proud of who they are, but also be respectful and mindful of others.
Darryl: Most importantly, if you could be one piece of basketball equipment, what would it be and why?
Pete: I have to say if I was to be one piece of equipment for playing basketball I would be the sneakers because in order for a player to hustle and work hard on court you need to have the right support and comfort on your feet!