Who Got Game Tournaments
September 7th 2013 saw thee introduction of the new Basketball and Soccer tournament called ‘Who Got Game? ‘which was organised by the Youth Platform Project which is a group of young ethnic minority youth leaders under the guidance and assistance of both the New Community Partnership and Dublin City Council. The event was held in Mount Joy Park as an outdoor event.
The Community Event was the first Youth Platform Project event sighting the experience of most of the team in organising such events for their youth groups and initiatives. ‘Who Got Game?’ aims to use sport ( a common interest) as a way of bringing a positive community outcome for both Urban Irish Residents and Ethnic Minorities.
Create co-operation (group dynamics) amongst the ethnic youth leaders working on the project
Use soccer and basketball to create a neutral platform for young people in Dublin City to engage and work together
Use competition as a strategy to identify young people passionate about soccer and basketball and see how the Youth Platform Project can help progress their skills
Encourage the engagement of local authorities ( Dublin City Council& Garda Siochana) and Ethnic minorities to so as to tackle social exclusion and misconceptions about the access of public areas/facilities
Use Soccer & Basketball rules of the game to encourage and teach good social behaviour among young people
Who Got Game 2014?
Who Got Game? Active Community Integration Report 2014
WHO GOT GAME 3!
3vs 3 Basketball tournament
MARCH 22nd 2014
This event was supported by Ncp Ireland, Dance Starzz, Be Inspired, GMI, KYB Studios, Strong Entertain, All Age Entertainment and sport related organisations.
PROCESS & OUTCOME
The Youth Platform project started organising the event end of June 2013 with the date being set for September 7th at the first meeting. The group that consisted at the beginning of three individuals grew to 7 as some leaders were unable to attend due to various reasons. Enquiries were made to Dublin City Council by both members of the group and Mr. Reginald Inya of the New Community partnerships. Dublin City Council responded with requirements which were met two weeks before the event so the event was officially confirmed then. The inclusion of Gary Gannon from Inner City Organisation Network into the team helped put the event plan together and what needed to be done. Meeting were held consistently by all members as time was very limited. The Posters and Flyers where designed and printed shortly and information was passed through both social media, emails and directly to young people identified by members of the steering committee of the Youth Platform Project. The event when planned was meant to also be supported by Dublin City Integration Forum as part of Intercultural Family Day but unfortunately they didn’t see any value in supporting the event in anyway.
The event took place on a rainy day with 25 basket ball players arriving and 2 soccer teams which was mainly dude to the weather and the event being outdoors. 7 teams for basketball and 2 soccer teams consisted of young people from 13 nationalities including Latvia, Congo, Nigeria, China, Philipines, Poland, Indonesia, China, Russia, Lithuania , Angola, South Africa and Ireland. Soccer had one game and one winner and Basketball had 21games all 10 minutes due also to ties. The Players enjoyed themselves and didn’t let the rain deter. Redbull offered free drinks on the Day. There was no violence or injuries. Spectators were free to come though where not many. The Basketball tournament continued and there was sense of oneness even when the rain came and the matches became competitively intense. The Youth leaders present helped maintain the objectives by constantly reminded participants of why the event was put on and its objectives. Prizes, medals and trophies where given out. Only one incident of a player taking the Basketball that belonged to New Community Partnership showed negative social behaviour.