GLOBAL PEACE GAMES PRESS RELEASE
TWENTY key stage 3 pupils from Kent will represent England at The Global Peace Games in Belgium from September 16 to 21.
Hosted by the Peace Village in Messines, the event will bring young people across Europe together with the aim of creating peace makers of the future.
The National Children’s Football Alliance (NCFA) has selected 20 ambassadors from Herne Bay High School, Herne Bay, Maidstone Grammar School for Boys, Maidstone, Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey, and Thamesview School, Gravesend.
Funded by the European Union, the games will provide a platform for the Kent ambassadors to help form and lay the foundations for twinning their respective school playing fields with Flanders Peace Field, site of the World War One Christmas Truces when German and Allied soldiers stepped out of their trenches and momentarily escaped the horror of war by playing football with a ball and jackets for goalposts.
Schoolchildren from England, Belgium and Germany will visit a number of significant battle sites and take part in international games and forums, debating the role of sport at home, in the community and at war.
Read PRESS RELEASE here.
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.
NATIONAL CHILDREN’S FOOTBALL WEEK FILM
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.