SLIGO'S FIRST Peace football team took to the field at the Showgrounds as part of the Sligo Rovers League. The match between STSG United and The Belfry team was the kick-off to the Sligo Travellers Peace Project, which aims, amongst other things, to bring Travellers and other marginalized groups into the main field of Sligo sporting life.
The Traveller PEACE Project is funded by the PEACE lll Programme through the European Union's European Regional Development Fund managed for the Special EU programmes Body by Sligo County Council on behalf of Sligo Peace and Reconciliation Partnership Committee. The team launch was opened by Rovers star Alan Keane, who gave words of support and encouragement to the teams and wished them the best in Sligo Rovers' current tournament.
Pat Hegarty, chair of the local Traveller Support Group, said that he was thrilled the team had achieved a high level of performance under the steady guidance of Charlie Ward and already had membership from different communities.
'Sport is just one part of the schedule. We have a range of events and activities with women, men and youth, both locally and on a cross-border basis,' explained Pat. 'With teamwork, we can expand our tolerance, trust and understanding - all of this is within our reach, and people are at the heart of this programme,' he added.
The match ended in a win for Belfry with high standard play all around. STSG United will continue to meet other teams in the tournament on a weekly basis.
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