Over 300 young people have taken part in Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s ‘Different Ball Same Goal’ project.
As a joint venture between Council’s Sports Development & Good Relations teams, four events were held in Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Coleraine and Limavady, providing Year 8 pupils in post primary education across the Borough an opportunity to explore the diversity of sporting heritage and traditions in the wider region. The children enjoyed the chance to try football, rugby and Gaelic football. Council was supported by Ulster GAA, Irish FA and Ulster Rugby in the delivery of this project.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough , Councillor Ivor Wallace, said:
“I applaud this programme for its promotion of sharing and understanding different sporting cultures. Sport is a great way to build trust and cultural understanding between young people and our young participants were able to learn more about sporting diversities which is fundamental to building our shared future together. It was great to see the pupils enjoying the practical experience of transferring their individual skills to different sports. Well done to all involved.”
Good Relations Officer Joy Wisener added:
“Through this project our young people engaged in activities which raise awareness and respect of other cultures. This will only add to the richness and diversity of our wider Council area.”
This project has received financial support from The Executive Office through the District Council Good Relations Programme.