War and Peace: Troops to Teachers meets Football 4 Peace International

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Troops to teachers (T2T) is a UK government funded initiative through which recently retired ex-military personnel after being demobbed are retrained for careers in the teaching profession The University of Brighton has a key role in arranging and facilitating this curriculum and a particular responsibility for the organisation and delivery of the physical education dimension of the T2T programme. The University of Brighton is also home to the world renowned Football 4 Peace International (F4P) programme, a multi-dimensional sport-based community engagement project that places a particular emphasis on peace building in divided and otherwise fragmented and fractured societies. A number of former service personnel who have enrolled on the PE T2T route have also chosen to engage with F4P, in so doing volunteering to be trained in the distinctively pacifist values-based teaching and coaching methodologies associated with this programme before being deployed to take part in peace-building and related development projects in various troubled regions of the world. In this short article I have chosen to focus critically on the overlap between T2T and F4P, seeking to answer the question, why and how are former military personnel turned into peace makers?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-75
Number of pages2
JournalPhysical Education Matters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2016


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