The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the City of Derry Rugby Club yesterday to meet with players, coaches and volunteers involved in the ‘Sport Uniting Communities’ initiative.
The project is a collaboration between Ulster GAA, Irish Football Association and Ulster Rugby and aims to promote peace and reconciliation.
They heard how Sport Uniting Communities uses the reach of each sport to promote meaningful, purposeful and sustained contact between individuals from different backgrounds – particularly across the community divide – resulting in a change in perception and relationships.
The Duke and Duchess watched young people taking part in some of the activities on offer through the programme and also spoke with young volunteers, staff and local clubs about how the initiative has brought communities and people from different backgrounds together.
Sport Uniting Communities is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).