With support from EU Peace III, the Irish Football Association’s Football For All Project had a Belfast United Forum workshop at Seaview, home of Crusaders Football Club in North Belfast.
The Belfast United Forum has been going since December 2011 and was formed by the Irish FA’s EU Peace III funded Football For All project.
The Forum is an amalgamation of football clubs, community groups, community police and community relations experts from Belfast who are all committed to sharing good practice and to helping to make Belfast one of the leading cities in Europe with regards to using football to promote good community relations.
The Belfast United Forum meeting was arranged several weeks ago and well before the recent trouble caused by flag protestors that led to the late cancellation of the game between Crusaders and Cliftonville.
IFA Head of Community Relations, Michael Boyd, founder of the Belfast United Forum, said: “Both Crusaders and Cliftonville have shown inspiring leadership promoting good relations together.
“The Belfast United Forum is a positive example of how the football family, PSNI and community groups from all over Belfast are working together to share learning, co-ordinate plans and maximise impact working in the community to promote the message of respect.
“Those who aim to stir up sectarian tensions, disrupt or use football for political agendas are attacking all of the community.
“The Belfast United Forum is a positive example of the good work in Belfast which goes on week in and week out.”
Crusaders and Newington FC’s new EU Peace III “More Than a Club” Seaview Enterprise community relations project was showcased at the Forum meeting.
The event was enjoyed by a wide range of children.