May 23, 2024

Younger individuals from Donegal and the border counties will unite by means of their love of the ‘stunning recreation’ due to the Rio Ferdinand Basis (RFF).

The thrilling new €628,850 partnership will probably be run along side the Worldwide Fund for Eire (IFI). In one of many IFI’s largest funding allocations lately, ‘Past the Ball’ will join younger individuals and promote cross-community reconciliation efforts by means of sport, constructing belief and confidence between communities at a grassroots stage.

The partnership will probably be funded by means of the IFI’s Communities in Partnership Programme (CiPP), with younger individuals from throughout Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Antrim, Omagh, Fermanagh, and Derry getting concerned. 

 This funding features a profitable one-year pilot between the IFI and RFF in 2022 which initially targeted on constructing significant cross-border relationships between younger individuals in Leitrim and Fermanagh and can now be prolonged out to eight counties over the following two years.

The partnership formally launched this week as a part of a four-day journey to Manchester, supported by the Rio Ferdinand Basis. Twelve individuals skilled the well-known soccer heritage of town in addition to engaged with different younger individuals concerned in comparable programmes within the Northwest of England.

As a part of the go to, officers from the An Garda Síochána and PSNI will play a central position on this challenge, becoming a member of the younger individuals and collaborating in a spread of actions and workshops with their friends, constructed across the themes of friendship, understanding and management.

Donegal man, Paddy Harte, is Chair of the Worldwide Fund for Eire.

“Sport undoubtedly has the ability to carry individuals and communities collectively,” Mr Harte stated.

“It might rework individuals’s lives, broadening their horizons and offering alternatives to develop friendships that they might not in any other case have been in a position to do. Sport makes it doable to have pals in even essentially the most tough occasions, and significantly for younger individuals who get the possibility to develop friendships throughout social and financial divides.”

Younger individuals can even have a proper voice on areas referring to their native communities and cross- border relations, collaborating in a youth advisory board which can embrace mentoring help immediately from their friends – Rio Ferdinand Youth Ambassadors.

Talking on the launch occasion, Carina O’Brien, Vice Consul, Consulate Normal of Eire, Manchester stated: “The Past the Ball challenge is a particular cross border initiative and isn’t solely vital by way of relationship constructing between north and south, but in addition by way of the east-west relationship between our two islands and our peoples which has endured for therefore lengthy.” 

The important thing component of this partnership, which stands out from many others, is that this concentrate on relationship constructing and studying on an East West foundation, aimed toward exploring shared identities by means of the medium of soccer in Manchester and London. This can embrace offering a platform for ladies and younger girls who’ve been by means of RFF tasks in England to hyperlink with younger girls from the Southern Border Counties and Northern Eire, constructing relationships on a north-south and east-west foundation.

Gary Stannett, Chief Government Officer, from the Rio Ferdinand Basis stated,

“We’re proud that the Worldwide Fund for Eire has seen to spend money on our programme at this stage, this partnership that may drive transformational change and represents a major step for the Rio Ferdinand Basis and the attain and scope of our work on the island of Eire.”


Donegal children excel by means of IFI and Rio Ferdinand Basis was final modified: August fifth, 2023 by Workers Author