Camogie and hockey share values in visit to Croke Park
Two of the world's fastest field games came together recently in the name of partnership and community building, thanks to the efforts of some dedicated young sportswomen from greater Belfast.
In a special visit to Croke Park, Dublin, for the All Ireland camogie finals, some 30 young women who play camogie and field hockey at competitive level, kicked off phase one of the unique ‘Yes we Can’ programme.
The project saw women from all communities share their sports with each other as well as participate in joint projects dealing with change, building trust and overcoming prejudice while building knowledge of each other's cultures.
Funded by CAN Peace III(1), as part of the European Union's Peace 3 Programme, the young participants come from Mossely Ladies Hockey Club, joined by the St Enda's and Bredagh GAC's Camogie Clubs.
Two women who have been the driving force behind the project, each emphasised the importance of the effort which will run from now until March 2011.
Catherine O'Hara, chairperson of the Ulster Camogie Association, said: “This project enables the clubs to take their efforts through these outstanding young women to a higher level in building friendship and the value of diversity, as well as appreciation of the respective sports.”
Janet Clarke, of Mossely Women's Hockey Club, also stressed the importance of the project as a vehicle for bringing young women together to share in each other's cultural heritage.
“These field games, which require great skill, can be seen as a source of enjoyment and diversity for years to come,” she said.