Liam Hinchcliffe, PPI-NI Senior Champion 4 Peace (SeniorC4P) and a Coach In Training (CIT) shares his experience after team building weekend residential at Todd’s Leap.
My name is Liam Hinchcliffe. I’m 16, I am a Senior Champion 4 Peace (SeniorC4P) and a Coach In Training (CIT). I am a Catholic from West Belfast. I have been involved with PeacePlayers International- Northern Ireland (PPI-NI) since Primary 7 when my school St. Kevin’s was involved in a twinning with Glenwood. Last weekend Coach Joanne Fitzpatrick and Coach Nasiphi Khafu took the the Senior Champions4Peace group with two Junior Champions4Peace (Aimee AJ McMinn and Anna Hinchcliffe) to a Todd’s Leap for a team building residential.
It was not only fun and games; we completed an OCN in Diversity and Equality through Sport, learning a lot about what is diversity and equality, how they are (or aren’t) promoted in Northern Ireland and how we can help promote them. Aside from the OCN we took part in lots of adventure activities for team building, like a giant swing, climbing wall, bungee run, rodeo bull, off road driving, zorbing, and finally, the UK’s largest zipline, over 120 feet high. I, personally, am afraid of heights, so thanks to the encouragement and support from the group I conquered my fear. The weekend was the most fun I have had in a long time and I would like to thank PeacePlayers International-NI and the Belfast City Council for the opportunity.
From this weekend I have gained and developed new relationships within our group and beyond, bringing me closer to the people in our group and those coming through from the Junior C4P. PeacePlayers has offered me so many amazing opportunities like this one to not only better my skills but to truly be a champion in my community. I hope to continue to work gaining new relationships and experiences from these kind experiences and opportunities.