£107k to boost good relations


A Derry youth organisation has been awarded £107,600 to promote cross community relations through grassroots sport.

Londonderry YMCA secured the funding through the PEACE III Programme to allow it to continue its RESPECT Project. Following the huge successes experienced through the delivery of RESPECT in the Derry City Council, Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council areas, the YMCA is currently recruiting Sports Clubs from the Strabane District, Omagh District and Derry City Council areas to participate in RESPECT 2. The Project will look to recruit a number of Sports Clubs involved in Soccer, Cricket, Rugby, GAA, Hockey, Swimming and Boxing.

The programme is supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the NW PEACE III Partnership.

General Secretary of Londonderry YMCA, Willie Lamrock, said: “We are very enthusiastic and keen to start working with sporting clubs from across the Derry City, Omagh District and Strabane District Council areas. We look forward to recruiting a range of sporting clubs to come together to promote shared space, shared activities and workshops.