Young members from Portadown Ladies Hockey Club and St Enda’s Camogie Club are coming together to learn playing skills, build mutual respect for both the sports and each other, and build relationships in a safe space.
‘Stick with Diversity’ – a PEACE IV Programme developed as a collaboration between Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, PSNI, Portadown Ladies Hockey Club and St Enda’s Camogie GAC – incorporates a range of physical activity sessions, educational workshops and fun activities for young women aged 11-13. The programme began in early September and runs every Sunday until the end of October, with around 15 girls from each club taking part.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Alderman Glenn Barr said: “Sport is a great leveller and I was pleased to be invited to see the hockey and camogie project in action for myself and witness how the young women have learned from each other, both on the pitch and off it.”
Following the success of the ‘Stick with Diversity’ programme, it is hoped that further projects will be developed in other parts of the Borough.
The project is funded by the PEACE IV programme, a cross-border initiative, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). This programme has been designed to support peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.