School of Sport and Health Sciences

Academics commended by the Israeli Sports Authority

Dr Stidder receiving his award

Dr Gary Stidder, left

Physical Education lecturers from the School of Sport and Service Management were commended by the Israeli Sport Authority in a ceremony at the German Sports University based in Cologne following their contribution to a five day ‘Sport for Life’ training event which involved 50 Arab and Jewish Israeli sports leaders.

Dr Gary Stidder, Warren Smart and Simon Green delivered a series of practical sessions based on the University of Brighton’s pioneering and ground-breaking Football 4 Peace Curriculum and Methodology and were given special commendations by Regional Director for the Israel Ministry of Culture and Sport Gazi Nujeidat at a Gala dinner event.

Simon Green, right

Sessions included orienteering, trust games and problem solving activities as well as football, basketball and volleyball. The purpose was to provide values-based activities designed to promote trust, respect, responsibility, equity and inclusion in preparation for a large national event in Israel in June for boys and girls from different Arab and Jewish communities.

Dr Gary Stidder, Co-founder and Deputy Director of Football 4 Peace International said:”It was an honour for all us to receive this award in recognition for our work with Football 4 Peace (F4P) and the Israel Sports Authority and is testament to the impact that values-based teaching in physical education can have on societies where there are deep social divisions.

Warren receiving his certificate

Warren Smart, right

“F4P is a multi-dimensional research; education and social engagement platform that utilizes sport innovatively to deliver generic and bespoke ‘values-based’ palliative training and coaching programmes designed in and for areas suffering from high levels of cross- community conflict and various forms of political disorder and social disintegration.

“The F4P curriculum and associated teaching resources emphasise a holistic approach to the education of trainers and young people through a specific pedagogical model designed to promote emotional well-being, personal development and responsible citizenship.”



Kerry Burnett • 09/04/2019

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