Work Hard, Play Hard

This week’s post is brought to you by Managing Director of PPI-NI, Gareth Harper.

9 days and counting…
In just over a week from now the brilliant PPI-NI team will be hosting its annual
Jingle Ball tournament. Over 150 excited Catholic and Protestant children and
young people will gather at Queens PEC for an afternoon of fun, friendship and
basketball. In preparing ourselves for this really amazing flagship event we have
been kicking back and taking it easy… NOT!

This has probably been the busiest November in PeacePlayers Northern Ireland
history. As well as managing our usual schedule of Twinning and after school
programming; our amazing team has been planning and preparing for an
international exchange to Cyprus; delivering an expanded programme of training
and experiential learning with our Junior and Senior Champions for Peace, and
kicking off two Peace IV funded technical assistance programmes in Mid & East
Antrim. This would freak some mere mortal organisations out – but not PPI-NI.
The buzz is amazing! The office is a flurry of activity, with folks grabbing 5mins
here and 10mins there to keep each other up-to- speed and seek input and
support in making all of this happen.

I’m so proud of this fantastic team. Each and every one is committed to doing the
best job possible, and dedicated to always going the extra yard for PPI-NI’s

To give you a feel for all of this, here’s some photos to give you a snap shot of
what we all were up to at the weekend:
Sat 25th :
 10am – 12pm: Castlewellan Co. Down, Cooperation Ireland – Cross
border CR through sport training session with a cross border group of 45
young people from Cork and Belfast.
 12pm – 2pm: North Belfast, Co-Op Store OldPark – Celebration day for
local causes – PPI-NI picked up a cheque for £2558.00


Cake from the Co-Op!

 9am – 7pm: Junior C4P study visit to Ulster American Folk Park*

 4pm – 10pm: Senior C4P U.S.N.I Youth Leadership Initiative and
Friendship Four Ice Hockey Tournament
Sun 26th :
 3pm – 6pm: Coaches training session

This week as Debbie, Joanne and Andrew head out to Cyprus with a group of 12
of our Coaches Development Programme (CDP) participants, the rest of the team
will be holding the fort; delivering 7 Twinning’s, 4 BIL sessions, and planning not
only for Jingle Ball on the 9 th but also for PPI-NI’s Strategic Planning session on
the 12 th December. Bring it on!
Are we all a wee bit tired and just a wee bit under pressure? For sure. But hey,
if it was too easy it would be no fun at all. More coffee anyone?

*as a part of the trip to the Ulster American Folk Park, those in attendance learned about Thanksgiving and wrote what they were thankful for. Here are a few!

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