PEACE PITCH TWINNING EVENT PRESS RELEASE
FOOTBALL MAKES OUR SHARED HISTORY AT
WINDSOR PARK STADIUM
FOOTBALL MAKES OUR SHARED HISTORY
RESEARCH AT ULSTER MUSEUM
ACTIVITIES PROVIDED INSPIRATION TO LEARN TOGETHER AND SHARE WITH OUR FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITIES
During the FMOSH project the students have learned how heritage across different cultures and backgrounds have participated in Sport. The students have had first-hand experience of trying different sports from around the world and in the process have seen how sport brings our communities from different backgrounds and abilities together.
The students here at Oakgrove Integrated College have thrived in their learning through the various activities and games that the FMOSH has presented them. Students have loved getting to experience different games that are completely out of their comfort zone. Students have seen the benefits of a shared heritage through sport and seen how this engages people of all ability.
The project has taught students that the history of sport is for all regardless of your culture and background. Students here have seen the benefits in FMOSH to not only help stay active but to bring communities and families together to unite through games and sport. The students have relished the opportunities to bring together their families and communities to play against one another for a unified goal and to twin our Peace Pitch with Flanders Peace Field. Overall, the project has been a humbling experience for the students showing that regardless of your age, background, ethnicity or ability; sport is for all.
Oakgrove Integrated College is a post primary school which is located on the banks of the river Foyle. Oakgrove is host to students from diverse backgrounds from across the city. Oakgrove provides an all ability education which ensures students from different religious, academic and social backgrounds can learn in a diverse school setting.
Chris Porter, Oakgrove Integrated College’s FMOSH Project Manager, said, ‘The school are looking forward to engaging in this exciting project that will give students the opportunity to play learn and grow together using games, webinars, and seminars. The project links with our schools mission statement and our integrated status. With our integrated status being one of our standout features we believe it is vital to take on opportunities such as FMOSH to promote a shared learning. Currently at the school we engage in all curricular sports including Soccer, Gaelic, Rugby, Swimming, Athletics, Gymnastic and Dance.’
‘There is a rich living history here in Derry-Londonderry which our students will research and present a strong argument for celebrating the United Nation’s Annual International Day of Peace. Our shared heritage will champion the young and old in all communities.’