In June 2012 the ten primary schools from Leitrim and Fermanagh took part in a cycling sports day in Leitrim village as part of the International Fund for Ireland/Leitrim County Council funded Goal for Peace Project.
On Wednesday 20th of June during National Bike Week, 150 children from eight Leitrim schools and two Fermanagh schools completed various bicycle courses that were set up by the Safer Cycling Company. The cycling courses were designed to build confidence and help develop the skills and abilities of the students. Training was also given to individuals learning to cycle a bicycle.
The cycling sports day was the last Goal for Peace event for schools involved on the project for the 2011/12 academic year. Over the course of the year the schools took part in five group events. These events included the visit of coaches from the award winning Arsenal in the Community department to the region in October 2011 and again last May. The Arsenal coaches led football sessions and delivered education workshops on cultural and religious diversity during their visits. In March the schools made a trip to Zipit Forest Adventures in Boyle, Co. Roscommon where they completed various high wire and obstacle courses.
The project also facilitated a trip to the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh where the students learned about what life was like for people in both Ulster and America during the 18th and 19th centuries and the journey that was undertaken to the New World by the two million people from both protestant and catholic backgrounds.
“We were keen to deliver a variety of different events for the schools to take part in. The project promotes the message of integration and awareness of different religions and cultures and one of the aims of the Goal for Peace project is to help bring together primary school children from different faiths through sport particularly football.
The project has helped to create links with the Protestant and Catholic schools and has received positive feedback from the teachers. We are pleased with the progress the project has made this year and we are hopeful that we can continue to build on the relationships formed going forward” stated Gordon Burke, Goal for Peace Co Ordinator.