IC Dungannon At The Sport Uniting Communities’ Launch

Year 8 students from Integrated College Dungannon (ICD), who are part of the Irish Football Association Elite Performance Programme at ICD, were delighted to participate in the ‘Sport Uniting Communities’ launch at Queen’s University Playing Fields (The Dub).

The students participated in training sessions in rugby, soccer, Gaelic football and hurling under the close guidance of some of the most prominent names in each sport including; Monaghan’s Conor McManus, Ulster Rugby’s Darren Cave, NI International Jonny Evans and Ulster Women’s Rugby player, Eliza Downey.

Northern Ireland Manager, Michael O’Neill, was in attendance and chatted with College Principal, Mr Andrew Sleeth, before meeting the Year 8 ICD students.

College Principal, Mr Andrew Sleeth said, “This has been an exciting day and a great opportunity for our students to meet with their role models.  At Integrated College Dungannon students have the opportunity to participate in all sports, an opportunity which is not always available at other schools.   We continue to work with organisations, foster collaboration and form partnerships to promote in our young students the need to work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect.  I am delighted that this ‘Sport Uniting Communities’ programme will bring together, and strengthen, Sports across Ulster.  This can only benefit our children.”

A cash windfall of £1.8m is destined for the ‘Sport Uniting Communities’ programme and will be distributed between Ulster Rugby, Irish Football Association and Ulster GAA, over the next 4 years.  The collaborative project will promote positive relations and cultural diversity by staging multi-sports events and hosting shared workshops and programmes, hoping to reach 17,000 children.

Press Eye – Belfast – Northern Ireland – 21st March 2018 – Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Pictured at the launch of ÔSport Uniting CommunitiesÕ is Jonny Evans with school kids . The EU PEACE IV funded programme aims to promote peace and reconciliation. The collaboration project between the Irish FA, Ulster GAA and Ulster rugby aims to reach 17,000 people of differing backgrounds, particularly across the political divide, with the aim of changing perceptions and building sustained relationships.