Name of Project: Red Card to Sectarianism
Lead Partner: Football in the Community
Grant Awarded: £57,026
The main aim of the project has been to use the medium of sport to create safe spaces for interaction and communication, where understanding and tolerance can be built. To date over 120 young people from both Catholic and Protestant backgrounds have taken part in 16 sports-based activity sessions across each of the participating communities in Derry/Londonderry, Strabane and Donegal, including representation from a number of the interface areas within the Derry City Council area.
The project has created opportunities for participants to access facilities that they have never considered using before and may have previously considered as ‘no-go’ areas within their own communities. A series of 8 peace building workshops have addressed key issues of sectarianism, racism and contested space within sport, and enabled young people to engage and interact with peers from ‘other’ communities in a safe environment.
A key aspect of the project has been Community Insight Tours, which have allowed the young people to learn about each other’s cultural history and heritage, as well as developing a mutual understanding and trust for each other through hosting tours in their community for visiting groups.
The Legacy Celebration Events Programme is a project supported by the European Union's PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the North West PEACE III Partnership of Derry City Council, Omagh District Council, and Strabane District Council.