Sport as a tool for So­cial In­clu­sion

Montreal Times - - News -

On Fe­bru­ary 17th, Sun Youth or­ga­nized its an­nual soc­cer cup at Lau­renHill Ju­nior Academy in Ville St-Lau­rent. The event played host to the 5 el­e­men­tary schools from the English Mon­treal School Board (EMSB) who par­tic­i­pated.

Grow­ing in re­cent years, the Sun Youth Soc­cer Cup is an event for 3rd grade boys and girls. This day long free sport tour­na­ment serves to bring to­gether the di­verse so­cio-eco­nomic com­mu­ni­ties that are part of the EMSB in a fun and com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. Be­cause of the sport's pop­u­lar­ity across cul­tures, young stu­dents from dif­fer­ent back­grounds have the op­por­tu­nity to so­cial­ize and thus re­duce the so­cial gap be­tween them. When the soc­cer Cup be­gan in 2008, there were only two schools par­tic­i­pat­ing. Now, a dozen el­e­men­tary schools take part and rep­re­sent their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

Since 2001, the Bul­ly­ing Pre­ven­tion and Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion Pro­gram has Sun Youth would like to con­grat­u­late all par­tic­i­pants and this year's cham­pi­ons, Our Lady of Pom­pei

School. Photo Credit: Caroline Viger-Lazare made a dif­fer­ence in pub­lic team spirit, lead­er­ship, schools across the peer me­di­a­tion, con­flict Greater Mon­treal area. res­o­lu­tion, so­cial­iza­tion; The pro­gram pro­vides chal­lenges which young them with an ad­di­tional peo­ple face in their daily re­source in com­bat­ing en­vi­ron­ment. bul­ly­ing; so­cial men­tors The Sun Youth Soc­cer who work with school Cup pro­motes the de­vel­op­ment staff on pre­ven­tion, in­ter­ven­tion of pos­i­tive so­cial and re­sponse to be­hav­ior while pro­mot­ing in­tim­i­da­tion.This helps to phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and so­cial fos­ter pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships in­clu­sion. For the next as well as de­velop few years, the or­ga­ni­za­tion ex­tracur­ric­u­lar pro­grams hopes to bring to­gether and ap­pro­pri­ate pre­ven­tive sev­eral pri­mary mea­sures for stu­dents. schools from dif­fer­ent In­ter­ven­tion of this school boards at this sort helps kids de­velop grow­ing event.

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