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Basketball Boost for PeacePlayers NI

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PeacePlayers NI, who uses the game of basketball to bring together children from opposite sides of religious, ethnic and cultural divides, recently received a funding grant from the Energy for Children Charitable Trust.

The non-profit organisation works with over 2000 young people from disadvantaged communities across Belfast and the surrounding areas, helping them to build relationships with each other and to promote mutual respect and understanding through sport.

PeacePlayers NI applied for funding to purchase 4 portable basketball hoops so it can better serve local children and extend its reach into areas that had not been accessible before due to lack of facilities.

Northern Ireland Managing Director, Gareth Harper, was delighted with the funding and explained;

“The help from Energy for Children has been fantastic and means so much to PeacePlayers NI. Many children are unable to attend our events because of a lack of transportation and so the addition of portable hoops allows us to take the sport to them.

The hoops also allow more than one match to take place at a time at the many events we run throughout the year including the Belfast Interface League, Jingle Ball and Summer Jam tournaments and because they’re adjustable, younger children can reach the basket using the proper technique. We can already see this is giving the kids the confidence to continue with the sport.”

Michael Magill from Phoenix Natural Gas recently visited a tournament to see the new portable hoops in action and commented;

“It’s brilliant to see first-hand how this equipment is already making a difference to so many children. Sport is a great way of breaking down barriers with kids and now PeacePlayers NI will be able to reach out to even more across the province.”

Phoenix Natural Gas covers all administration costs associated with the Energy for Children Charitable Trust so that every penny raised goes directly to local disadvantaged children and to date the charity has helped over 6,000 kids.

Pic: Michael Magill, Energy for Children, visits Gareth Harper, Managing Director of PeacePlayers NI at Queens PEC with players just before kick-off.

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