United Through Sport DVD

United Through Sport is a major awareness campaign and education support promoting the powerful potential for positive integration through sport. The campaign involves the participation of many leading sportsmen and women from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, alongside young sports enthusiasts.

With contributions from Sonia O’Sullivan, Shay Given, Mickey Harte, Michael O’Muircheartaigh, Jan Dinsdale, Harpal Singh Purewal, Karen Cromie, Martin Rogan, Karen Bingh, Gugu Banda, Glenn Ferguson, Trevor Ringland, Trent Johnston, Jessica Kurten, Ken Doherty, Jimmy Magee, Chloe McGee, Bernard Dunne, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Tracey Piggot, Fiona Scally, Jason Sherlock, Jerry Flannery, Brian Kerr, Bernard Dunne, John Joe Joyce and many more.

Directed by Award winning filmmaker Perry Ogden and produced by An Lar Films, the material generated in the DVD is a unique platform to depict and strengthen the positive contribution sport in its universal application can make to individuals and communities, transitioning toward a shared society. The DVD will be a useful medium for many organisations working in this area.

These videos can be viewed on our dedicated VIMEO page ››

Filming took place over a two year period across Ireland, and in that time over 500 people were filmed in over 10 locations with 131 making it into the final cut.

The DVD demonstrates that the wider sports community is made up of many different people from many different backgrounds that support and value cultural diversity and social inclusion.

It acts as a catalyst for participation and discussion around integration through sport and hence supports and raises awareness of opportunities for peace and reconciliation in a shared society.

It will increase public awareness and promote the benefits of sport as a positive tool for valuing cultural diversity and social inclusion for the younger and older members of our local, indigenous and ethnic minority communities on the island of Ireland.

Partners and supporters of United Through Sport include Dublin City Council Department of Integation, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (who launched the campaign in Belfast on 26th November 2009), Department of Foreign Affairs Communicating Europe Initiative, Football For Hope, FAI, IFA, GAA, IRFU, IABA, Setanta Ireland.

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