PEACEMAKERS FOR THE FUTURE
The Global Peace Games was a pilot project funded by the European Union. Facilitated by the Peace Village, Messines, Belgium, in partnership with the NCFA, the GPGs film recorded many young people expressing how they felt different about football and sport after a week commemorating WW1 and celebrating peace, inspired by the 1914 Christmas Truces.
PEACE FIELDS PROJECT UPDATE
The NCFA are currently in talks with the Heritage Lottery Fund to make sure that the Peace Fields Project application for funding is robust and fully prepared to deliver the project to the highest standards.
In the meantime primary and secondary schools are encouraged to contact: NCFA for further details.
THE FOOTBALL & PEACE REPORT
The Football & Peace Evaluation which features Boxing, Cricket and Rugby is now on line for stakeholders, partners and funders. The Heritage Lottery Funded Football & Peace Pilot Project received high acclaim from the government and participants. Linked to the Peace Fields Project the F&PP highlights the need to commemorate the First World War and celebrate peace.
PRIME MINISTER MEETS NCFA
The NCFA’s Director, Ernie Brennan talks about meeting the Prime Minister and visiting 10 Downing Street to discuss the Peace Fields Project. Funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, the Football & Peace Pilot Project was considered a success with partners, participants and the government. The Peace Fields Project continues the good work and invites schools and sports clubs to twin there areas of play with Flanders Peace Field. Read the interview here.
The NCFA has teamed up with the Royal British Legion and through the Centenary Partnership has the support of the Government in making this project a reality.
“For the Royal British Legion the project would be seen as an exciting new activity that would help engage children and support their educational programme through the medium of football.”
Charles Byrne, Director, Royal British Legion.
“The Government is encouraging the widest possible participation in the centenary commemorations and is particularly keen to engage young people through the medium of sport. As such, they have welcomed this contribution to the centenary programme.”
Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Equalities.
website is now available for schools, clubs and groups
NCFA are lobbying the custodians of football to support the Football & Peace projects by holding boxing day bucket collections at all football grounds. The aim is to bring young people together from diverse backgrounds and provide access to Flanders Peace Field where football will be played in the spirit of 1914, without brands, emblems, logos and the modern day trappings of consumerism. The game is the teacher, the teacher is football and the outcome will be young peace makers. Please click on Lay Down Your Brands for further details. If you, your club or organisation would like to donate money to support the project please click on the button below.