This week, Coach James writes about the PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland (PPI-NI) ‘Coaches Arbinger Training’ and the effects that it will have on the future PPI-NI programs.
Last week, we saw how the PPI-NI Junior Belfast Interface League (Jr. B.I.L.) programs are making such a big impact on the children that are participating all over the city of Belfast due to the Arbinger material and the ‘PPI way’. Quite fittingly, on the same day, our sessional coaching staff were undertaking a training session that allowed them to learn how to facilitate Arbinger to the children in all of the PPI programs.
There were 18 coaches in attendance at the Agape Centre, eager to learn more about how to make a difference in the younger generations that are growing up in Northern Ireland. (Hopefully it wasn’t just the free pizza for lunch that got everyone to show up!) Over the duration of the day, the coaches learned not only about how others think and act, but in how they themselves, think and act and how your own behaviour and thoughts can determine how people act and think towards you. This can be a critical element in dealing with conflict and also young children!
Through using different games that incorporate sport, the coaches were really able to grasp the ideas behind the theory. Sport is a fantastic tool in which people can relate to the emotions that run alongside the deeper meanings behind the games, as well as being able to interact with each other.
All of the coaches now have an in depth knowledge that will allow them to continue to keep bridging divides, developing leaders and changing perceptions. Already, we have coaches giving feedback that it has allowed them to see conflict from a completely different angle.
Coach Conor McElroy stated, ‘It’s a lot easier to understand why people have conflict through learning this. Once you understand why it’s there, it is a lot easier to find a solution to the problem. When working with children, hopefully passing these messages on will allow them to understand this too.’
Hopefully these messages will make a difference in the future of Northern Ireland when taught by the staff at PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland.