Supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund the NCFA are providing schools with the opportunity to twin their designated areas of play with the Flanders Peace Field. Working in partnership with the Peace Village, Messines, Belgium (site of the 1914 Christmas Truce) the Peace Field Project (PFP) invites schools, clubs and community groups not only to commemorate the First World War and the Christmas Truces but also to celebrate peace through
reflecting on a moment in history that inspires humanitarianism.
The PFP lends itself to cross curricular participation (sports, history, literacy, arts, humanities and citizenship), community cohesion and intergenerational relationships.
Schools are invited to sign a PFP Declaration, pledging to hold a games event once a year throughout the centenary years on their peace field to commemorate WW1 and celebrate peace.
The Peace Fields Project is open to primary schools, secondary schools and all sports clubs, promoting sportsmanship and equal opportunities.
Football & Peace Project commemorates the centenary of the First World War, the Football & Peace Project brings young and older people together from all cultures, discovering their families’ and communities’ heritage.
Communities will feel connected to the place where they live, they will share a common bond with aspects of community sport and the important role it played in World War One and continues to play today.
Schools, clubs, groups, partners and associations, are all welcome to contact Football & Peace, through the National Children’s Football Alliance. F&P provides a platform for everyone, to share their stories, experiences and record their opinions in the centenary years commemorating the First World War. All the projects uploaded onto this site should contextualise the role of sport, at home, in the community and abroad – Then and Now.
Helen Grant MP added: “Sport is a brilliant way to bring people from all backgrounds together. As we count down to the start of our First World War commemorations, this unique Football and Peace event at Maidstone United FC, with the help of Heritage Lottery Funding, is giving the opportunity for young people to learn about the role sport played during war and peace time and is also a chance to forge long lasting friendships.”
Football & Peace works with a number of partners (featured below). If you would like to support the work of recording, researching and documenting sport in your school, club, community and family, in the First World War, please contact: NCFA