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Schools participation in the National Children’s Football Week
This year’s National Children’s Football Week is to be held between Saturday 16th July and Sunday 31t July.
This year we would like to encourage schools to take part which is why the NCFW is spread over both term and holiday time.
The NCFW is about free play and football. It is about the sheer physical and mental joy of movement and play.
The National Children’s Football Week is played in the spirit of the 1914 Christmas Truces and celebrates friendship and sportsmanship – young and old.
Another aspect of the NCFW is that every event is free. For many families here in the UK organised football has become too expensive and thousands of children now miss out on playing the game they love. This is a situation the NCFA feels is wrong as football is a global game because of its simplicity, a ball, players and something for goal posts. It should be the right of all children to have access to free play.
This year we would like to encourage school’s participation and to consider becoming involved in the Peace Field’s initiative.
The NCFA and the Peace Village, Mesen, Belgium are commemorating WW1 and celebrating peace through the 1914 Christmas Truce by offering schools, clubs and public play areas with the opportunity to twin a designated area of play with Flanders Peace Fields, site of the Christmas Truce. This is open to all schools, clubs and public play areas across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
This unique opportunity will directly link your designated area of play with one of the most famous fields in world history. Flanders Peace Fields lend themselves to education in a way that brings cultures, young and old together.
Please clink on the link below to sign up;
A few tips –
- This is all about the children taking part and having fun
- NO SUBSTITUTES – everyone plays
- Small sided games work best as this enables the children to have many touches of the ball 3v3 4v5 etc.
- To make it authentic as possible use coats, jumpers etc. as goal posts
- Let the children referee themselves and have ownership of their game
Please tell as many people as possible and let us know what you are planning and how it went.
This is an opportunity for our children to reclaim their game from the rigors of aggressive marketing and the brandification of childhood.
You can download NCFA materials FREE to help support your occasion or event.
TELL US ABOUT YOU!
TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WHY YOU THINK SUPPORTING NATIONAL CHILDREN’S FOOTBALL WEEK IS IMPORTANT!
Send in your stories, your details and your pictures and we will showcase your celebration on the NCFA website.
Circulate news of “National Children’s Football Week” through social media networks to other football teams/community groups/colleges/universities/local government/politicians in the area.
International Peace Day will be hosted at the Peace Village, Messines, Belgium, where local school children will kick off a series of football games with Peace Poppy Footballs. The footballs will then be distributed to International Children’s Football Alliance projects around the world helping to create peace-makers for the future. The Peace Poppy Football will also help kick start the Heritage Lottery Funded Peace Field Project where schools in England research their World War Heritage through sport; commemorating the war and celebrating peace.
Football & Peace Project website is now available for schools, clubs and groups
AGM, 10am Thursday 24th November, 2016, t.b.c
NCFA, Suite 21, 70 Churchill Square, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4YU.
Stakeholders, members and associates, please click on the link below to confirm you attendence.
November 29, 2014 to January 31, 2015
Directed by the RSC’s deputy artistic director, Erica Whyman, this new, uplifting play, by Phil Porter, for families and audiences of all ages, has been specially commissioned for this season.
The story is inspired by real events exactly 100 years ago, when soldiers along the Western Front left their trenches on Christmas Eve, carrying only their courage and humanity, to meet their enemies in No Man’s Land to talk, exchange gifts and, incredibly, play football.
The Christmas Truce will draw on true stories of soldiers in the Warwickshire Regiment and in particular, the experiences of local cartoonist, Bruce Bairnsfather, who worked at the original Shakespeare Memorial Theatre as an electrical engineer, and whose famous comic creation ‘Old Bill’ was hugely popular with the troops.
As the RSC creates the production throughout this year, the company invites local people and those with connections to the Regiment to help uncover and commemorate stories from the period.
For more information, visit www.rsc.org.uk