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Football Scores Big at Generations for Peace


Football Scores Big at Generations for Peace

Jacob Naish

has seen the power that football possesses. Working in Africa and setting up football in the community programmes, he has watched the smiles return to the faces of children that previously had little hope for the future.

And now he believes that football has an even greater role to play as part of the curriculum for the Generations For Peace camp currently being held in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Jacob Naish on Generations for Peace
“This is the second time that I have worked on a Generations For Peace camp and it is humbling to hear of some of the problems that its delegates face back home within their communities,” said the coach who works for British club Brighton & Hove Albion. “I have been hugely impressed though by the unique way that Generations For Peace addresses these problems and teaches its delegates methods on how to use sport to bring young people together.”

Naish was joined in Abu Dhabi by Brighton legend Charlie Oatway who has played more than 500 games as a professional footballer and was on hand to pass on his tips from a successful career to the delegates. The Abu Dhabi camp also uses volleyball, softball and basketball for the delegates to learn under the guidance of professional coaches from across the world.

Previous Generations for Peace Camps
Generations For Peace has held two previous camps in Amman which have attracted 150 delegates who have returned home to cascade the programme to hundreds of like minded youth leaders and thousands of children. Abu Dhabi marks the first time that a camp has been held outside of Jordan and it has welcomed delegates from India, Nigeria, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia as well as the host country, UAE.

Peace Pioneers
The camps also teach participants how to train other trainers, who can then plan and implement sporting programmes with children through a series of workshops, interactive seminars, presentations, debates, role-play and sporting sessions. Peace Pioneers are expected to train at least 20 trainers every year; work with at least 100-200 children annually; be an advocate for peace and to promote Generations For Peace; and to support other Peace Pioneers.

Abu Dhabi Camp 09 has welcomed Samsung Electronics as a regional sponsor for the first time and has been supported by the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation and numerous International Federations including the International Softball Federation (ISF) and a professional coach from British football club Brighton & Hove Albion. In previous camps, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), as well as national Olympic and Paralympic committees have supported the programme.

Generations for Peace
Created in 2007 by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, of Jordan, Generations For Peace is a global initiative which aims to use sporting activity as a way to encourage conflict resolution, tolerance and understanding.

Generations for Peace Camp 09
In Abu Dhabi, 60 delegates from 10 countries are put through enlightening classroom sessions with recognised leaders in conflict resolution and combine it with fun practical sessions out on the sports field where they learn about sport and certain drills and games that can be implemented in simple surroundings back home. The camp runs until March 10.

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 23:00

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