Our research is a vehicle for conflict resolution and peace building in divided societies and led to the creation of the Football4Peace (F4P). By challenging cultural prejudice F4P has transformed passive citizens into active ambassadors for peace. More than 8,000 children, 595 coaches and many community leaders have participated in F4P projects during the census period, generating political discourse in the community and in governments up to ministerial level. Innovative community relations research in the context of Northern Ireland’s peace process led to the development of the F4P initiative. Subsequently it changed the policies of sporting organisations in Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Ireland, South Africa and South Korea.
In Jordan, a new NGO based on the F4P model has been established, working in partnership with the Scouts Association for the development of values-based coach education, and focusing upon relations between indigenous and refugee communities.
The Korean Sharing Movement has also developed a peace education programme based on the F4P values-based methodology of teaching values and life skills through sport and play.
Visit the Football4peace project page for more information.