Peace Through Sport Secures Partner For Free Sports Kit
Peace Through Sport was launched in Amman, Jordan on April 19th 2007 as a long term, sustainable programme to train leaders of youth, from divided communities and areas of conflict, how to use sport to bring children together from both sides of the divide. The aim is to allow children to develop dialogue with, and respect and tolerance for, one another. In this way, sport will help sow seeds of peace in the community.
Sporting Goods To Go is the charity of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) which is meeting tomorrow here in Beijing for its General Assembly. The charity is a worldwide initiative to provide sporting equipment for programmes in disadvantaged regions of the world. Over the last four years, Sporting Goods to go has distributed $2.5 million dollars worth of sporting equipment to projects in 85 countries.
At a reception today for Members of the International Olympic Committee and GAISF, HRH Prince Feisal signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Don Porter, the Chairman of Sporting Goods to Go and General Secretary of GAISF. Speaking at the reception, HRH Prince Feisal said:
“This is a perfect marriage of mutual objectives. We aim to use sport as a mechanism for peace and our new partners, Sporting Goods to Go, aim to provide sporting equipment to areas in the world where there is a need. This partnership will enable our leaders of youth to provide children with quality sports kit - in many cases, for the first time in their young lives.”
“We are extremely grateful and fortunate that GAISF share our vision. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
Starting later this year, Peace Through Sport, will run regular training camps for community leaders from nations including, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The leaders will be also be trained how to cascade their new-found techniques to other like-minded community leaders. It is anticipated that over the next three years, up to 2,000 leaders of youth will have been trained in Jordan, these in turn will train a further 6,000 which will mean that a potential 150,000 children in areas of conflict can come together through sport and begin dialogue.
Speaking at the reception, Don Porter said:
“As soon as we heard about Prince Feisal’s outstanding initiative, we immediately decided to offer our resources to assist Him in using sport to instil peace throughout a troubled world. It is an honour for Sporting Goods to Go to be a partner with Peace Through Sport.”
Peace Through Sport has been developed with the full support of The Jordan National Olympic Committee (JOC) and the national government of Jordan. HRH Prince Feisal is President of the JOC and also Chairs the Peace and Sport Committee on the Olympic Council of Asia.