CROMWELL JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB. Cromwell is a town in Central Otago in the Otago region of New Zealand. Cromwell is between State Highway 6 and State Highway 8 leading to the Lindis Pass, 75 km northeast, and Alexandra, 33 km south. A prominent feature surrounding much of the town is the man-made Lake Dunstan. Cromwell is about to have the first ever peace pitch in New Zealand.
SATURDAY 28th MARCH 2020
1st HALF KICK OFF 08.00
MARKET ROAD, FOOTBALL PITCHES, LONDON N7
2nd HALF KICK OFF 17.00
THE PEACE PITCH, FLANDERS, BELGIUM
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THIS COUNTRY v THAT COUNTRY is a charity football match being played on 28th March 2020.
NCFA patrons, Charlie and Daisy Cooper, stars of the hit BBC comedy series This Country will be a part of a team playing a very special game of football
The challenge is to play two halves of football in two different countries on the same day: the first half will be played at Market Road Pitches, North London, N7 9PL, with the second half taking place on The Peace Pitch, Peace Village, Flanders, Belgium, site of the First World War’s 1914 Christmase truces. The objective is to raise money for young people to participate in the 2020 GLOBAL PEACE GAMES. Held annually at the Peace Village, Mesen, Belgium, the Global Peace Games is a week-long peace education programme in which around 60 underprivileged children from different backgrounds across the world get together to take part in an inclusive series of activities and sports. The GPGs celebrates the International Day of Peace through sport and has a lasting impact on each and every young person who attends, helping to develop confidence, break down barriers and creates peace makers for the future. The event will poignantly see a Peace Poppy Football transported from London to Flanders, before being laid at The Last Post, Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium in a declaration of peace.
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Accommodation at The Peace Village includes: evening meal and Sunday breakfast
Last Post, Menin Gate, Ypres
Trip to the Christmas Truces
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Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown. Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave.
Every evening at 8pm precisely, the “Last Post” has been sounded since 1928 under the imposing arches of the Menin Gate. This is where TC v TC players will lay the peace poppy football to commemorate the soldiers of the then British empire who went missing in action.
North Coast Integrated College, Coleraine, twin their designated areas of play with Flanders Peace Field, Belgium, site of the First World War 1914 Christmas Truces. The twinning event will take place at the Christmas Carol Service 19th December, 2019.
North Coast Integrated College Peace Field Project
Remembering the importance of Peace at Christmas
Even in the darkest of life experiences there are opportunities to show humanity and kindness; this was evident when over 100 years ago in World War 1 when there was a truce on Christmas day. On Thursday 19th December during our Christmas Carol Service we will formally twin our playing pitch at North Coast Integrated College with Flanders Peace Field. This is a symbolic twinning which will encourage pupils to learn about the First World War and the importance of respect for people on different sides- both on and off the pitch.
The strong integrated ethos at North Coast Integrated College provides a learning environment that promotes good relations among everyone in the school community. We believe that the curriculum of our integrated school encourages pupils to learn from History to shape the future. In Northern Ireland we are building peace and it is important that our young people learn and remember the devastation that conflict can bring. In World War 1 soldiers from all sides of Ireland bravely fought and died side by side. The bullets, bombs, gas and barbed wire didn’t care what religion their victims were.
The aim of the Peace Field Project is to create peace makers for the future. Young people (inspired by the 1914 Christmas Truce) will absorb the essence of why fair play is important and begin to understand that sport can transcend conflict and cement friendships for life.
It is fitting that in the year that Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education and the Integrated Education Fund were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize that North Coast Integrated College highlights the importance or respect and fair play for all our young people.
Poem excerpt from Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate.
The Christmas Truce
All night, along the Western Front, they sang, the enemies- carols, hymns, folk songs. Anthems in German, English, French; each battalion choired in its grim trench.
So Christmas dawned, wrapped in mist, to open itself and offer the day like a gift
For Harry, Hugo, Hermann, Henry, Heinz….
With whistles, waves, cheers, shouts, laughs.
Update 03 / 12 /19
THE FIRST EVER PEACE PITCH IN AUSTRALIA is twinned with Flanders Peace Field, Belgium, site of the First World War 1914 Christmas Truces. Dr. Anne W. Bunde-Birouste, Founder and CEO, Football United, said,
‘This is a great honor to twin our peace pitch with the most historically significant peace field in the world.’
According to the First World War page on the Australian War Memorial website from a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. The latest figure for those killed is given as 62,000.
Signing the Declaration for Peace Certificate
UNSW’s FOOTBALL UNITED AND miller TECHNOLOGY high school, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, advocate peace through play for all. UNSW’S Football united AND MILLER TECHNOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL peace field is officially twinned with Flanders Peace Field, Messines, Belgium.
Article 13 June 2013
F.U was developed from a vision that people’s love for Football (soccer) can be used to build opportunities for belonging, racial harmony and community cohesion. Begun with a goal to support refugee and newly arrived immigrant youth and families in their transition into Australian society, as the program implementation progressed, Football United leadership noted that often community sport, as currently practiced, is exclusive rather than inclusive.
Australian Children’s Football Alliance’s John Neil (JN) chats to Anne and Brad Carroll founders of the very special Football United
(JN) What is the overview of FU and who benefits?
The Football United Vision is based on a Community Development, Determinants-based Health Promotion and Positive Social Change approach that underpins all Football United interventions. Importantly all FUn programs engage with local partner groups, and all intervention sites involve extensive partner consultation and engagement, resulting in site-specific activities that are particularly adapted to the needs and realities of those sites. While intervention components are similar or the same in the different sites, (eg. Coach training, regular playing opportunities, access to leadership opportunities), flexibility and adaptation according to site specifics is vital for an effective program impact and community outcomes.
(JN) Are there a set of Football United principles?
FU use community building, social development principles;
– partnership-based approach which involves working with the community and community leaders to identify and address local needs;
– all programs systematically include local engagement, capacity building and leadership development programs, which developing self-esteem and leadership skills whilst building community morale and participation.
(JN) So where has FU come from and where is it at now?
Founded in 2006, Football United has grown significantly from a 1 program Sydney’s Western suburbs to reach more than 3000 children and youth across Australia. Football United’s achievements include:
– Football United awarded 2012 Australian Parliamentary Community Sports Award
– Football United awarded 2011 New South Wales Building Inclusive Communities Award
– Football United film awarded Australian National Human Rights award, 2010
– One of 32 programs and the only Australian organisation chosen by FIFA to participate in first ever Festival for Hope World Cup tournament in June 2010
– Awarded UNSW University award for Community Engagement, 2009
– Secured Australian Research Council Linkage Grant to deliver a global first evaluation into the effectiveness of using Football to improve social cohesion in urban communities.
(JN) Can you tell us about the National Development?
In 2010 Football United established a non funding partnership with the Football Federation Australia (FFA) and secured a small grant from Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to expand programs inter-state. In April 2010, with the support of the Queensland Government, Football United commenced the first inter-state project in Brisbane call Shinpads and Hijab’s. In 2011 Football United began its South Australia program in partnership with the University of South Australia-Adelaide. Further projects will commence in ACT, supported by Football ACT and many local partners in 2012, with requests from other states to begin new program or engage with local partner groups.
(JN) What about Football United and the International scene?
Football United is engaged in football for social development regionally and internationally. Football United’s CEO is also Australian representative to the Oceania Football Confederation’s Pacific Youth and Sport Forum, which was founded in 2010 by the OFC. Football United supports programs in Cameroon, South Sudan and a number of other programs through technical consulting. Football United was the first Australian member of the Streetfootball-world (SFW) network. SFW comprises more than 100 organisations worldwide, and works in partnership with FIFA. Football United was the Australian delegation participating in the first Streetfootballworld/FIFA 2010 Football for Hope Festival, an official event of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Football United has an official partnership with the FFA, is one of Sydney FC’s Charity partners, and works in collaboration and with support from a number of government, local and corporate bodies, as well as a significant number of volunteers.
(JN) Why football?
It is important to understand why football is seen as a tool that can be used to better society. Research suggests that participation in sport can be crucial in the development of young people. Health and fitness, through the pursuit of physical activity, is widely regarded as a key factor in personal development and many of the skills that are fundamental in sports participation, particularly in team sports, are transferable in wider aspects of life. Sport encourages strong community bonds, regular physical activity and access to positive mentors for young people. In disadvantaged communities these features are essential to social development of children and youths and building the capacity of the community more broadly. Among the various sports, Football, in particular, is an ideal tool to foster socialisation. It is the one single global sport, hence its appeal across all socio-cultural groups. In addition, it is relatively inexpensive, and is designed as a non-violent sport. It is played by both genders, thus is non-exclusive. It provides transferable skills of fair play, tolerance, inclusion and understanding of oneself, team mates and opponents alike. It teaches of responsibility, winning, losing and participation. It can address diverse and complex issues, such as children’s rights, peace building, education, health promotion and anti-discrimination. Most of all, however, it is fun.
(JN) What are the key issues related to the equity gap in participation?
Gaps in equity of access are apparent across many low SES communities : often community sport, as currently practiced, is excluding rather than inclusive. Participation is largely not possible for many socio-disadvantaged youth. Consequently, Football United, and its innovative approach, has been engaged in effectively addressing areas of social inequity and their ensuing impact on communities since 2006, addressing the following issues:
There are extreme gaps in equity of participation in sport in both the community sport arena as well as within the public education sector;
These gaps in participation translate to gaps in opportunity, which if not addressed, result in issues of disaffection in society (leaving school, aggressive behaviour, unemployment etc);
Misunderstanding of newly arrived immigrants and different cultures often translates further to racism……and the ensuing problems it provokes.
The above-mentioned phenomena highlight issues of inequity of access to sport, education, employment, health and community services in disadvantaged communities. Football United’s proven capacity and innovative approach of using Football as the vehicle to address these issues, through programs, research and advocacy, has resulted in rapid growth in demand across Western Sydney, interstate and now internationally. The issues highlighted below are central to the design and implementation of Football United with evidence taken from our own and others’ research and Government reports, including the 2009 Crawford Report, Children Sport, Youth Leadership Report and research by the Centre for Multicultural Youth Inc. and the Australian Bureau of Statistics all of which highlights:
– Very low participation rates of people from disadvantaged and multicultural backgrounds in sport and physical activity
– “Club sports are made up mostly of children from middleclass backgrounds, because participation requires adequate disposable income to pay for fees, uniforms, equipment and transport.” (Crawford)
– People born in Australia had participation rates (in organised sport) of 27%, compared to around 10% for people born in non-English speaking countries.” (CMYI)
– Long-term funding approaches are needed to address this issue and improve the ineffective distribution of short term, short sighted funding (Crawford, NSWDSR).
– “Government and NGO’s have historically supported one-off, short-term activities that limit the development of genuine community capacity and undermine the potential for sustainable community-run sport programs
– Developing neighbourhood programs, re-building schools’ systems, and training teachers are crucial to addressing the physical activity needs and interests of children, youth and families from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to overcome their limited resources and better engage with educational and social systems (Crawford, CMYI, ASC).
Football United experiences, researches and addresses – in short knows and engages with these issues both intimately and extensively.
(JN) How does Football United address the needs?
Football United uses the globally attractive passion for the worldwide game to provide a pathway to engagement and development opportunities for disadvantaged youth, children and their families in communities with high proportions of people from, refugee, indigenous, migrant and lower socio-economic backgrounds. Football United runs 15 programs across Western Sydney, Adelaide and soon the ACT that improve their access to education, health services and physical activity. This is achieved through:
Provision of regular, free, accessible and localised football training and playing opportunities for up to 3000 children per year to improve social cohesion while increasing physical activity rates for disadvantaged children and youth.
Provide training and mentoring for 150 youth each year, through tailored programs in leadership, community coordination, football coaching qualifications, personal development and life-skills. A significant proportion of youth continue with the program as coaches and project coordinators.
Build extensive and collaborative relationships with diverse community-based partners as well as local and state government agencies. This includes training and development of staff in these organisations increasing their skills and enhancing the ongoing sustainability of the projects.
Create awareness of these issues through advocacy, high profile partners, ambassadors and ground-breaking research to ultimately influence changes to government policy and public perceptions.
These programs are all developed in collaboration with local stakeholders to meet the cultural needs and socio economic realities of the community targeted. The growth of Football United’ occurs based on demand and requests from communities with implementation achieved through partnerships with schools, Migrant Resource Centres and other local community groups.
Football United’s strengths lie in the diversity and experience of its management team, members and supporters. Football United gathers a diverse, multi-sectoral group, combining the skills of talented corporate leaders, the commitment of a wide range of community groups, NGOs, the engagement of academia, and supported by local and state government representatives. Through this rapidly expanding network Football United fosters the power of football to inspire and promote social justice and community development.
For more information contact footballunited.org.au
A charity match was the ceremony that twined Three Hills Sports Park pitch with Flanders Peace Fields, Messines, Belgium, site of the 1914 First World War Christmas Truces. A Shepway Sports Trust team played a game against a team representing the Kent Refugee Action Network. The game was played in the name of Walter Tull; Walter Tull was both a professional footballer player and a soldier during World War One. Walter had to give up his career as a footballer to help out in the war, but he then became recognised as the first black officer to lead white British soldiers into battle.
The Peace Riders arrived at Folkestone’s Three Hill Sports Park at 7.45am where Paul Cooper, NCFA, Director, presented Laurence Hickmott, CEO, Shepway Sports Trust, with a Peace Poppy Ball.
Laurance, said, “ we are honoured to be working with the NCFA on this important piece of work. It is fitting that we can host a Peace Field at Three Hills Sports Park in Folkestone in memory of the great Walter Tull. We were proud to welcome the Peace Poppy Ball to kick start our own Peace Field project.”
2018 Global Peace Games Reunion. Belfast’s young Peace Ambassadors got together to plan raising funds for their Peace Pitch. Students of Ashfield Girls School, Ashfield Boys School, Metropolitan College, Wellington College, Breda Academt, Down High School, St Malachays High, St Mary’s, Wallace High School and St Patrick’s Academy, are seeking to be the first schools in Belfast to twin a designated area of play with Flanders Peace Field, Mesen, Belgium, site of The First World 1914 Christmas Truces.
In partnership with Slum Soccer, M.R. MATRICULTUTION H.R. SEC. SCHOOL, CHENNAI, INDIA, is the first school in India to twin their playing pitch with Flanders Peace Field, Mesen, Belgium, site of The First World War Christmas Truces. Over one million Indian troops served overseas, of whom 62,000 died and another 67,000 were wounded. In total at least 74,187 Indian soldiers died during the war. In World War I the Indian Army fought against the German Empire in German East Africa and on the Western Front. M.G, Prabhakaran, said, ‘It was a great day for all the children to remember’. Ernie Brennan, NCFA, CEO, said, ‘It was a great day to witness the first school India twin their peace pitch with Flanders, Peace Fields. The football match after the ceremony was played in the spirit of sportsmanship and friendship’ Vijaya Selvaraj, Slum Soccer Coach, said, ‘This Peace Pitch is an important legacy connecting Chennai, India, with the soldiers of The First World War.’