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Inclusive Softball takes center stage at Generations for Peace

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Inclusive Softball takes center stage at Generations for Peace

With the focus on inclusiveness and bringing people of all abilities and backgrounds together, softball took centre stage on Day 8 of the global initiative Generations For Peace which is holding its first 2009 camp in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister.

After a week of intensive classroom sessions combined with practical sporting coaching, the 60 delegates from 10 countries enjoyed softball for the first time under the guidance of a professional coach from the International Softball Federation. The sporting session followed a classroom debate on conflict resolution which was attended by Thomas Sithole, Director of International Co-Operation and Development at the International Olympic Committee.

“It has been heart warming to see the support we have received from hugely influential international bodies and it was a pleasure to welcome Thomas Sithole to our camp,” said HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, who was also delighted to see softball on the curriculum once again.

“Today has been very important for the Generations For Peace delegates who have learnt the importance of inclusiveness in sport. Softball is new to many of them but already they have seen the advantage of using a team sport that allows girls and boys, men and women to play together. It is also a sport that uses many different physical facets and skills, so everyone can be included. Softball is one of the world’s fastest growing team sports and many of the delegates enjoyed it for the first time.”

Launched in Jordan in 2007, Generations For Peace uses sport as a tool for bringing hope to troubled and divided communities across the world. In Abu Dhabi, delegates from India, Pakistan, Palestine, Iraq, Bangladesh, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, Lebanon as well as the host country UAE.

So far, delegates have received tuition in a variety of topics along from recognised academics, with sports guidance from professional coaches from the National Basketball Association, International Volleyball Association and Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

Following the 10-day camp, the delegates return home with the know-how and the back-up from the Generations For Peace team to implement projects within their own communities.

Abu Dhabi’s camp has been supported for the first time by Samsung Electronics and the National Basketball Association and will run until March 10. Two more camps are planned before the end of the year with more first-time countries expected to send delegates to take part.

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Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 23:00

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