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Basketball Bringing Communities Together In Northern Ireland

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Basketball Bringing Communities Together In Northern Ireland

Peace Players International- Northern Ireland (PPI – NI) is into its second year of operating the Community Center League (CCL). This involves basketball teams from community centres across Belfast learning and competing together.

Over a 10 week league the teams come together to challenge each other on the court. A the same time they are learning about what makes a team player off the court.

The programme involves not only basket ball skills training but also community relations training and leadership training. In the training issues such as sectarianism and prejudice are raised and talked about in a safe environment.

Some players who have been part of the CCL since it began have been asked to step up and take on Team Captain roles where they are visible as role models.

The Community Center League engages around 60 children aged 11 to 15 from both Catholic and Protestant communities in weekly sessions.

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Shane Crowhen

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 23:00

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