September 10th, 2012 | Uncategorized
Matt and I have been very busy training with the Ulster Elks, while also helping coach the junior Elks and Under 15 Northern Ireland Girls team. Thus far, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the E-hoops program as well, which hopes to raise the aspirations of at-risk youth through sport. I believe that understanding where these kids come from is an integral part in successfully working with them. That is why I think the Belfast mural tour was valuable part in helping me learn some of the social pressures Ehoopers might face in their neighborhood and why there is a communal divide. The Ehoops session that Matt and I recently took part in is coming to a close as the boys have been participating in the program for months now. It seems to have been a success for the simple fact that I could not tell who is what religion because there are no cliques at all. I was told it was not like that from the start and look forward to taking part in the process from the beginning when a new batch of ehoopers arrives in the coming weeks!
Lastly, I want to thank Deirdre, Gareth, the Maguire girls, Mark, Stephen and many others for welcoming me into this community and organization. I feel very fortunate to be part of the Sport Changes Life family and look forward to a wonderful year!