Location: Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Combat sport: kickboxing

Focus areas: education, healthy lifestyles, peace and reconciliation

Established: 1993

Joined the FFP Alumni: July 2014

Contact: Christopher Curran

Website: www.stcolumbsparkhouse.org

St. Columb’s Park House is an 18th century manor house situated in parkland on the Waterside of Derry/Londonderry. The house was renovated in 1994, and established as a centre for reconciliation and a safe venue. The centre seeks to contribute to peace-building and social inclusion through a range of programmes that promote civic participation, human rights, and democratic pluralism. The beneficiaries of their programme work are mostly young people. The centre also operates as a community business offering conference and residential facilities. Income from this commercial activity is covenanted to the charitable activities of the Centre.

St Columb’s Park House established a ‘Sport for All’ programme 2012 to use sport and sports clubs to combat the rise in anti-social behaviour and crime in Derry / Londonderry. They work across the city to provide sporting activities at times when anti-social behaviour and crime is most prevalent. They place youth workers into sports clubs so as to provide support to young people as well as diversion, and they use sport to break barriers between communities and give participants an opportunity to mix with people from areas they usually wouldn’t have contact with.

St Columb’s Park House are working with FFP to develop their use of boxing and martial arts as a tool to work with at risk young people. They will partner with FFP Alumni colleagues the Old Library Trust who are also based in Derry / Londonderry, to develop a city-wide approach that engages with local clubs and helps young people attending those clubs to access the personal development activities of the two organisations.