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Watch: Sporting community gets behind Good Relations week

The sporting community is getting behind this year’s Good Relations Week, which takes place between 17th and 23rd September.

Major sporting organisations such as the GAA, IFA and Ulster Rugby, as well as individual players, are backing the initiative to help improve community relations in Northern Ireland.

Marathon world record holder, Paula Radcliffe, has also lent her support to the week, which will include more than 180 events, including events on a sporting theme.

Radcliffe’s husband is from Larne and she says that Good Relations Week is important to help bring people together and ensure that we are all working together to achieve more.

Northern Ireland footballers George Saville, Liam Boyce and Gavin White, voiced their support for the week and its objectives

So too did Ulster Rugby players Jacob Stockdale and Chris Henry.

And speaking on behalf of the Ulster GAA, Diarmaid Marsden, who won an all-Ireland championship with Armagh in 2002, encouraged all members of the organisation to support Good Relations Week. He said that it is a great platform to showcase all of the good work that takes place to improve good relations.

Monday 17th September marks the beginning of Good Relations Week with over 180 events taking place including those organised by PeacePlayers International Northern Ireland, Ballymena Runners in partnership with the Inter-Ethnic Forum and Shamrocks Hurling Club.

Under the theme The, Now… Next?, events will cover issues including sport, dealing with the past language, interfaces, women’s place in peace-building and promoting diversity.

Further information about all of the events can be found at www.goodrelationsweek.com

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