This week’s blog by PPI-NI is written by Laura Agnew, Office Administrator at PPI-NI.
On Wednesday 19th October, the eighth annual Beyond Sport Summit & Awards took place at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Each year, the Awards (supported by Comic Relief) promote, support and reward the best projects from across the globe that use sport for positive social change. These events bring together the world of sport, business, government and community development, and since 2009, Beyond Sport has had over 2,150 entries into the awards from 145 countries.
This year after being selected from over 250 entries from 55 different countries that represent over 64 sports, the joint PeacePlayers project entry (PPI-NI and PPI-ME) made an initial shortlist of 42 initiatives. Managing Directors Gareth Harper and Karen Doubilet were invited to the Beyond Sport Summit 2016, where we were announced as the winner in the Sport for Conflict Resolution category (supported by Comic Relief and the Postcode Lottery Sport Foundation).
PPI-NI’s Gareth Harper said, “PeacePlayers is delighted, honoured and humbled to receive such a prestigious award. It is fantastic that the hard work of the young people, parents, teachers and community groups, along with those in Government and from trusts and foundations that have supported us over the years, have had their investment and trust in the work of PeacePlayers acknowledged in this special way. The power of sport for conflict transformation work is amazing. It’s brilliant that the effectiveness of sport in bridging divides, in developing leaders and in changing perceptions, is increasingly being realised and acknowledged.”