Parents and Children unite through Goal for Peace Project

Fun and interactive afterschool sessions involving parents and children on the Goal for Peace Project were held from the 12th to 14th of April. The parents from eight Catholic and Protestant Schools  came together to see the children’s Public Relations Material, Logo’s,  project web site (www.goalforpeace.ie)  and got a chance to see and also take part in the ground breaking, specialised football skill sessions.

The Goal for Peace Project, led by Leitrim County Development Board with funding from the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), has proved very popular with the 120 Leitrim children involved. The afterschool sessions were designed to let the parents see all the fantastic work that the children have done on the project but also allow the parents from the different schools to meet and interact. The children helped to design comic books that were designed to tell the story of the project so far and featured all the children that are taking part in the project.

The afterschool sessions were held with the following school pairings:

  • The Hunt National School and Gortletteragh National School,
  • Masterson National School and Kiltyclogher National School,
  • Newtowngore National School and Drumnamore National School
  • St Mary’s Boys National School and Marist Girls National School Carrick on Shannon.

The afterschool sessions proved to be a tremendous success with the parents and children taking part in the fun games and activities in mixed teams of parents and children.  The participating children on the Goal for Peace Project at each after school session got presented with individual t-shirts with the project logo that the children helped to design.  

Ciaran Daley from Masterson National School spoke to the parents at the Masterson N.S and S N Mhic Diarmada N.S Afterschool Event and commented on how successful the project was in term of getting the children to mix and also how the project covered lots of areas on the national school curriculum. Sabrina Faulkner from Newtowngore National School commented on how fun and interactive the games and activities were, and she was delighted that the children had an opportunity to work on a logo, web site and research.

On the club development side of the project the Financial Management Workshop will be held on Thursday 5th May at 7pm in Leitrim County Council Chamber. The Financial Management Workshop will focus on financial management for small clubs and the role of the treasurer within the club. This workshop aims to identify and define the role and duties of the Treasurer within the club and look at basic management of finances for a small club. This promises to be informative with an opportunity for clubs to ask questions and share ideas.

‘We are delighted with the progress made and the feedback on the project. The afterschool events gave the children further opportunity to mix and also it was great to get the parents involved in the project. The feedback from the parents was tremendous and with the activities planned for 2011 this will help the project grow and help to build and maintain long lasting relationships between Catholics and Protestants in Leitrim’ stated Stephen Cassidy Goal for Peace Project Coordinator.

If you are involved in a sports club in Leitrim and would like to attend the Financial Management Workshop, please feel free to contact the Goal for Peace project at 071 9650496 or  087 0998276 or email scassidy@leitrimcoco.ie  before Friday 29th April.

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