The Respect Project is based at the St John Bosco Youth Centre in Newry and was set up in 2011 by local community volunteers.
The aim of the Respect Project is “to use sport as a tool to engage young people and help create safer, stronger and more respectful communities throughout the Newry and Mourne area”.
Rather than just focusing on playing sport the Respect Project enhances the development of young people by providing them with opportunities to learn and develop as individuals by engaging them in the RESPECT Education Programme which runs alongside the sporting activities.
The educational aspect of the project focuses on 3 main themes of learning to Respect Yourself; Respect Your Sport and Respect Your Community. We feel that by using this holistic model that once people learn to respect themselves they will then learn to respect the sport in which they play which will lead to people respecting the community in which they live.
We work with young people from the ages of 5 – 18 years of age and have approx. 100 young people involved in our programmes every week.
The project has 22 fully active adult volunteers and 15 Youth Peer Leaders involved in developing and delivering the Respect project activities. The youth peer leaders have developed from participants in project activities to now helping to deliver activities with other young people.
The work of the Respect Project has been widely acknowledged as a model of good practice in using sport as a way of addressing social issues in the Community. This was highlighted in 2014 when the project received a highly commended award for its work at the Northern Ireland Department of Justice Community awards which were held at Stormont Parliament Buildings.
Project Aim: “To use football as a tool to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities throughout the Newry and Mourne area”.
My kids love the Respect Project (even the one that doesn’t like sports). The mentors are very patient, kind & give great encouragement for the kids, which builds their confidence. No hesitation in recommending this project. - Martina Faloon
Fantastic project for kids around Newry – great way to get the active and meet new friends through sport! The volunteers are great - Darryl Hannan
Children had great craic tonight in Derrybeg, well done Respect Project - Paul McC