STICK WITH DIVERSITY

Following on from the successful Gaelic Games Intercultural Youth Tournament in 2011, SARI and the GAA will revisit the Phoenix Park, Dublin during its 350th anniversary, to stage a unique and innovative project celebrating the use of wood in sport. On Europe Day - May 9th - over 120 boys and girls aged between 16 -18 years and coming from diverse backgrounds will participate in a demonstration of stick sports

The participants will be drawn from schools and youth groups and will primarily be frst and second generation youth from the following countries: Croatia, Iceland, Ireland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Hosted by our partners in the Civil Service Cricket Club, the event will take the form of presentation workshops on the history and origins of each game along with practical skills demonstrations by senior experienced practitioners and coaches. In keeping with the principles of the EU Year of Solidarity between the Generations 2012, the senior tutors will pass on the wisdom (and some secrets) of the games to the young participants.

We are privileged to have, as guests, senior practitioners of the ancient North American First Nations game of Lacrosse and from Iran, courtesy of the Embassy of the I.R. of Iran, the traditional rituals of Pahlevani and Zoorkhanei. The games featured in the programme include: Baseball, Camogie, Cricket, Croquet, Hockey, Hurling, Rounders, Shinty, Softball and Table Tennis.

This project is funded by the European Union's Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity - PROGRESS (2007-2013)

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