September 28th, 2010
The Giant H.E.R.O.S programme uses ice hockey as a catalyst to bring young people together
What a summer! No, we are not talking about the weather, we’re talking about the George Best Foundation and the Belfast Giants joining force to deliver one of the most exciting and unique programmes you can imagine!
The sun may not have been shining, but energy levels were soaring every day of the week long ice hockey camp.
Sponsored by the George Best Foundation(£15k) and Co-operation Ireland, the programme builds on a successful model developed by volunteers, the Belfast Giants players and a small group of dedicated Canadian volunteers.
Preparation for the 2010 programme has been running since March this year, and the climax is the week long camp which 32 young people from different parts of Belfast and Dublin thoroughly enjoyed.
The Giant H.E.R.O.S (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) uses ice hockey as a catalyst to bring young people together to develop greater understanding of themselves and each other. The programme focuses on personal development and developing an understanding and mutual respect between young people from different backgrounds.
The programme is as much about their personal development off the ice as their hockey skills on the ice. The theme was ‘healthy choices’ so the young people explored a wide range areas in their lives where they could make healthier choices, such as; diet, fitness, communication, future aspirations, working with difference and how to make healthy choices around drugs and alcohol. They developed real friendships and there were floods of tears as the camp finished with a final game and a big celebration in Stormont where all their families and friends came along to celebrate their success.
Congratulations to all the young ‘Giant HEROS’ involved in the programme, and well done to all the volunteers and staff involved.