Belfast Telegraph

Monday 5 October 2015

How stopping rioting can just be a matter of fun and games

By Nuala McKeever

Published 26/06/2012

Congratulations and hats off to all those involved in the Belfast Interface Games.

This is a joint initiative between the International Peace Players and the Belfast Interface Project (a collaboration of 40 community groups). The Games have been designed to divert young people in areas where there might be rioting this summer, into sport instead. They'll be run as sports camps, leading up to a big end of camp tournament in August, just before the Olympics finishes. They'll offer what is called a game of three halves, with soccer, rugby and gaelic football being tried out by everyone.

For a fraction of the money that last summer's riots cost to police and clean up, young girls and boys will be enjoying activities together, led by adults with vision and the heart to put the vision into practice.

Guaranteed these games won't make headlines round the world, but if they work, who cares?

As they say, the revolution will not be televised. Neither will the quiet transformations.

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