Master Class Title: Exploring the Potential of Sport as a Peace Building Tool
Time: 2.5 hours Facilitator: Alexander Cardenas
Alexander Cardenas is a Marie Curie Research Fellow in Sustainable Peace Building at INCORE, the International Conflict Research Institute at the University of Ulster. Alexander has been involved in the implementation of sport-for-peace projects in Colombia, the Philippines and the UK through the program Goals for Peace International.
Other contributors: 1. Mr. Peter Hutton: Peter Hutton is a former Derry City FC captain and the leader of Teenage Kickz, a program that uses the latest technology to mix sports and play with community engagement in the North West Region. 2. Sarah Keys is the Irish Football Association Development Officer in Derry.
Master Class Summary: The use of sport to address a variety of social issues, a strategy commonly referred to as Sport for Development and Peace (SDP), is becoming broadly accepted especially in regions affected by poverty, violence and conflict. Identifying in sport a set of unique characteristics, a wide range of actors in the peace and development field including the UN, international development agencies, sport federations and non-governmental organizations, have endorsed the use of sport as a significant social catalyst and as a tool to advance peace, conflict transformation and development initiatives.
This interactive workshop aims to: (1) introduce participants to the field of sport for development and peace (SDP) both as a social intervention strategy and social movement; (2) analyze the ways in which sport can be an effective tool to advance peace building efforts; (3) identify some of the attributes of sport that may facilitate peace and development work; (4) understand the opportunities –as well as the limitations of sport- as a social catalyst; (5) expose attendees to ongoing sport-for-peace initiatives in Northern Ireland, notably the projects Teenage Kickz and Football for All.