SARI SOCCERNITERS PARTICIPATING IN GAISCE THE PRESIDENT'S AWARD

A number of SARI Soccerniters are participating in Gaisce The President's Award and are currently working on Community Involvement. Every Saturday for 13 weeks they are providing & distributing food for homeless people. These are Soccernites participants on the Young Leaders programme.

SARI Soccernites is a youth football and education development programme incorporating free weekly soccer training for boys/girls and young men/women in North Dublin (Fairview/Fridays) and North Inner City Dublin (O'Connell school/Mondays). During summer months activities also take place in Fairview Park.

Weekly sessions incorporate fitness training, football coaching and football3 (fair play football) training alongside a Young Leaders programme. Participants represent SARI at football tournaments and youth exchanges throughout Ireland and further afield. IN 2017 these included: football3 festival, Cologne, Germany (September); Fair Play For All, European Soccer Championship, Prora, Germany (July); Erasmus+ Youth Exchange, Poronin, Poland (June). As part of the Young Leaders programme participants from Soccernites worked as volunteers on the following SARI events: World Refugee Day football3 tournament (20th June) for primary schools at The Law Society, Blackhalll Place, Dublin 7 at which Soccernites participants acted as mediators (there are no referees in football3 as participants are asked to take responsibility for their actions and set rules between the two teams prior to matches kicking-off); World Refugee Day Fair Play Cup in association with UNHCR Ireland which took place on Sunday 2nd July at The Law Society, Blackhall Place which hosts participants from Refugee communities and Direct Provision Centres alongside indigenous Irish; SARI Soccerfest/Sportsfest in association with Sport Ireland, Phoenix Park, Dublin (23rd September); the EID World Cup to mark and celebrate the Muslim holiday of EID (3rd September), which was held at The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin and raised  €1,500 for the Syrian refugee community at Ballaghaderren, Co. Roscommon; in March Soccernites hosted a group of students from the Pace Academy, Atlanta, Georgia, USA for ten days of sporting and cultural activity. Participants also attended Zeminar at the RDS which was designed to explore the social issues that young people face and to help young people in their personal and academic growth; participants attended Sport4Inclusion day at Leargas; a three day sports education and leadership programme run by Coaches Across Continents; a session with St Andrew's Resource Centre in Pearse street which addressed social inclusion and encouraging cultural dialogue. Four boys took their Kick Start 1 coach training badge. A group of girls attended the play 'The Bitter Game' chronicling a young black man's experience growing up in a US inner city. Finally, SARI Soccernites youth coaches supported the Gaza Action Ireland project by giving coaching sessions to the kids from the Al Helal Football Academy, Gaza who visited Ireland in July/August. Soccernites coach Azeez Yusuff accompanied them on their tour of Ireland.

If you would like to get involved please contact Kerrie Clohessy on 086.2652175 or email info@sari.ie

 

 

 

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