Uniting Young People with a Game of 4 Corners

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The 4 Corners Festival is set to bring young people together from local communities across Belfast through the medium of sport.

Now in its 12th year, the Festival is a way to inspire people from across the city to transform it for the peace and wellbeing benefits of everyone.

The festival, which features a range of music, discussion, sport and faith-inspired events, takes place 1—11 February 2024 in venues in four corners of the city.

PeacePlayers will be organising Game of 4 Corners on Wednesday 7 February from 6-9 PM to bring young people together through the power of sports.

PeacePlayers is supported by the Community Relations Council through its Core Funding Scheme.

During the event, games such as Gaelic football, soccer, basketball and rugby will be played by integrated teams from Belfast. Attendees will also hear inspiring stories from local sportsmen and women and be encouraged to consider how they can contribute to a positive culture on and off the pitch. 

Gareth Harper, PeacePlayers Managing Director, said: "PeacePlayers coaches will be on hand to lend their expertise of facilitating fun, engaging and inclusive peace-building through sports activities to what will be an amazing event. 

“Young people from the 4 Corners of the City will have the opportunity, some for the first time, to play and learn together about sports from Northern Ireland's rich cultural heritage."

Ed Peterson of Clonard Monastery, representing the 4 Corners Festival, explained that the event is aimed at bringing young people from all communities, backgrounds and corners of the city together. 

“I love the overall ethos of the 4 Corners Festival to encourage all of us to get out of our corner of the city,” Ed said, “not only just the geographical corner of the city to experience other parts of Belfast but also just around other ideas and opportunities. 

“Young people can meet new people and explore various different subject matters together with people from different areas of Belfast or even beyond.”

The 4 Corners Festival is supported by The Executive Office's Central Good Relations Fund, The Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund and the Belfast City Council Good Relations Fund.

Find out more about the festival at 4cornersfestival.com