The County Derry Community Games is a cross-community organisation that promotes a range of cultural and sporting activities to engage young people. They received £9,198 from Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All to hire venues, provide child protection training, hold a series of art and drama workshops and provide locally based sports training at a summer camp for young people. It is part of a Big Lottery Fund grants roll out of £743,207 to 95 groups across Northern Ireland.
Last summer’s first Lisa Orsi Camp was brought about 60 children together from across all communities in Derry/Londonderry and introduced them to a range of sports and activities. The camp was so successful that the organisation decided to hold two next year, one at Easter term break and one in the summer which will take place in August 2016 at Long Tower Youth Club.
The camp is named after Lisa Orsi, from Derry/Londonderry, who tragically passed away in March 2015 at the age of 22 due to altitude sickness during a volcano trek in Indonesia. Lisa was involved in community games in Derry and when she moved to Singapore to work, she took Community Games with her. She set up Games there as a means of promoting good mental and physical health in young people.
“Lisa’s story is one of an amazing journey and her parents say that Community Games helped her achieve this,” said Maureen Collins, a Development officer with County Derry Community Games. “Through Lisa’s involvement at grass-roots community level, Lisa is now a legend and a role model amongst her peers.”
“During her short life in Derry Lisa was an enthusiast of the Community Games and she was admired, loved and appreciated by all who competed and worked with her,” said Maureen. “She had a strength and a passion beyond compare and a keen eagerness to make sure that other children from working class areas like her would benefit through participation in sports.”
The first camp will be held in her home town of Derry/Londonderry and the camps will be rolled out across the country in the coming years.