International Conference on Sport & Good Relations

Friday 25 June 2010
10.00am – 4.00pm
Craigavon Civic Centre


9.30 am Registration, tea and coffee

10.00 am Welcome to conference outline of events

10.20 am Sport Impact on Society Case Study – David White Concept Eleven

10.50 am Sport and Inclusion – Dr Eugene Young – Director of Coaching Ulster GAA


11.30 am Sport Mediation and Reconciliation – Trevor Ringland – Peace Players

12.00 pm Question Panel

12.30 pm LUNCH

1.30 pm Workshops related to Southern area


3.15 pm Coordinated Approach to Sport and Integration – Adi Burrell – WC Ireland Cricket Coach

3.45 pm Closing remarks

4.00 pm CLOSE

To register contact Chris Galway on 02890 368370 or email

The International conference in sport and good relations will deliver presentations based on sport as a tool for building capacity for a shared society and highlighting best practice in social inclusion, anti racism and anti sectarianism . Focusing on engagement, integration, building trust and diversity.

The Project is part of the Investing in our Future Programme, supported by the Peace III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the Southern Peace III Partnership.

“Sport has the power to change the world, it has the power to inspire in a way that little else does, it speaks to youth in a language they understand. It laughs in the face of discrimination”. Nelson Mandela

“If young people learn to respect each other thanks to sport, they will then be ready to contribute to building a better society,” (Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee President).

The International Conference will bring together local sport and community representatives as well as stakeholders from Councils and Governing Bodies of Sport throughout the six Council areas of the Southern Cluster.

Places are free and can be booked by contacting Chris Galway on 02890368370 or emailing

Following the conference a range of training courses will be made available to sports and community groups, as well as individuals throughout the Southern Cluster from September 2010 to March 2011.

Module one

Sport and Good Relations – Examine a number of available models of good practice with sporting and local examples, the workshop will be interactive and work towards how these examples of good practice can be implemented within local groups. Templates for club development will be created, with advice and guidance. 3 hour interactive workshop. One module in each council area.

Module two – Target Young People

Sports Leadership and social integration – The role sport can play in social integration and building positive relationships. The importance of positive relations in sport and how this can be developed within the community and within a existing groups structure and programmes. 1 hour workshop and two hours practical coaching.

Module three

Equality and Diversity – This module will provide training focusing on equality and diversity, participants will be asked to create a development plan to address specific case study examples of community issues.

This will involve 20 hours of teaching. At the end of the module the development plans will be collated and used to create a development plan for the area.

Module four

This module will target individuals from within the community identified as potential leaders and employed staff such as sports development officers, good relations officers and community development officers. The workshop will be held after the international conference and will be used to disseminate learning from the conference and to refine the Southern Cluster community development plan.

Module five

Leadership and positive relations, looking at the role of young people and ethnic minorities in the community and how they can be involved in sports and community groups.


Following the workshops, a residential will be used for advanced learning targeting identified leaders in each Council area.

The programme will use case study examples and will develop both a workbook guide for use in future years to train others within the area and the creation of a development model for good relations in the Southern area.