Club President & Director of TOPSoccer Hobe Sound Soccer Club, said, ‘We are honored and very much looking forward to twinning Hobe Sound Soccer Club with Flanders Peace Field’.We will kick off the twinning of our home field William G. “Doc” Myers Park with Flanders Peace Field at our “3V3 Live” Tournament on December 29, 2018. This 3V3 tournament is open to all area Clubs and teams. We are expecting to have 40 or more teams participating in this inaugural event. We are very much looking forward to this event.
Dear Soccer friends-
Please join us for a day filled with soccer fun at Doc Myers Park in beautiful Hobe Sound for our first Annual Peace Field Project Games. Venue: William G “Doc” Myers Park 10000, Old Dixy Hwy, Hobe Sound, 33455.
Festival Day: Saturday September 21st 2019. 9am-4pm. Ages 9-19: come for the day or just come for a while…just come! $10 per player or $75.00 per team. All Games will be small sided.
Teams love to visit the family friendly environment of Hobe Sound, which nestled on the Atlantic Treasure coast and surrounded by Florida’s natural beauty. Come and help us celebrate our wonderful new relationship with the International Children’s Alliance for the Peace Field Project.
History of the Peace games: The (PFP) twin’s soccer fields around the world with Flanders Peace Field, The Peace Village, Messines, Belgium, and site of the 1914, First World War, Christmas Truces, where in an act of humanitarianism, games of football were played during a truce amongst opposing forces. The (not for profit organization) delivers: The Football and Peace Project, The Peace Fields Project and The Global Peace Games; essentially peace education programs utilizing a cross curricular approach to Commemorate War and Celebrate Peace Through Play. Come visit us for the day, or bring your families to the area for an extended stay. Visit the beaches, natural Preserves and Parks that make their home in Hobe Sound. Some attractions are: Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound Natural Wildlife Center, Hobe Sound Public Beach on Jupiter Island, Blowing Rocks Preserve and Historic Downtown Hobe Sound. We recommend these convenient hotels: Courtyard by Marriott Stuart, Holiday Inn Express Stuart or Hampton Inn &Suites Stuart. Hobe Sound also has plenty of family friendly dining for your convenience.
Our Festival to Promote Peace will consist of: Skill stations, Fun activities and Small sided Jamboree
The usual soccer attire required; including shin guards and plenty of water. Concessions will be open for snacks, food, soft drinks and Icees. Information on the National Children Alliance and the Peace Field Project please click on the link below.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julie at: 603-236-6152 to register a player or a team.
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Mick Gale (left) International Children’s Football Alliance, Peace Fields Project (PFP), Ambassador, presents the Hobe Sound Soccer Club, PFP to Justine Blanckaert, The Peace Village, Messines, Belgium. The presentation was made inside The Peace Village in front of The Christmas Truces statue. The Hobe Sound Soccer Club PFP plaque will be mounted on The Peace Wall at The Peace Pitch which over looks the site of the 1914 Christmas Truces.
1. Why did Hobe Sound Soccer Club twin their soccer pitch with Flanders Peace Fields
HSSC- Answer 1.
Hobe Sound Soccer Club has always been interested in outreach programs and finding other ways that soccer can be a part of life education, character building for young athletes and families.
When this opportunity came along through Ambassador Mr Mick Gale who explained to us about the National Children Alliance its ethos and how it reaches many cultures through soccer participation which ultimately can help change young lives forever in such positive ways. Our decision to want to become involved in the Peace Field Pitch Project was easy along with our alliance member Ignite Sports Centre.
The stories of the ceasefire in World War 1 the impact that soccer had created to those giving their lives for a cause greater than their own we knew we had to bring the Hobe sound Soccer Club/Ignite Sports centre and the USA in to be a part of this project.
Involving our soccer club Hobe Sound and Ignite Sports Centre, Florida ultimately led to twinning with the Soccer Pitch of Flanders in Belgium. We are proud to be a participant not only for soccer but for all the cultural and educational opportunities that this may bring hence forth our board of directors saw the magnificence and importance of a creating a connection and relationship with another Town and Country it is truly a honour.
We feel to be able to communicate and share our soccer club/ sports centre and town with Flanders, is a wonderful impactful opportunity to experience and cultivate cultural differences. To have the ability to be able to take young people on a journey in the light of peace through soccer was foremost in our minds.
2. Who will benefit from playing on the peace pitch?
HSSC – Answer 2.
This opportunity will be open to all young soccer players within Hobe Sound Soccer Club/Ignite Sports Center and the surrounding areas. Hobe Sound Soccer club will arrange annual tournaments to highlight the peace pitch project and our twinning with the Flanders Peace Field creating opportunities for players to travel make connections around the world and participate in the Global Peace field Project games.
Our aim is invite the local Veterans to each event to appreciate and understand sacrifices made through WW1 and beyond.
Our hope is to bring camaraderie between our young soccer players and to those at the Peace Pitch Games in Flanders develop a connection where these young people can continue to communicate, learn about each different Countries and Cultures share new ideas and ways of life.
3. How will soccer coaches, facilitators and volunteers, promote the Peace
Pitch in terms of sportsmanship?
HSSC – Answer 3.
All of Hobe Sound Soccer/Ignite sports Center Coaches, Players and parents sign a code of conduct and are versed on sportsmanship and fair play Through education and information provided by HSSC/Ignite all coaches, volunteers and parents will understand the meaning of the peace pitch field events.
4. Will the Peace Pitch facilitate Peace Games / Tournaments annually on
21st Sept; International Day of Peace? How?
HSSC- Answer 4.
Hobe Sound Soccer Club and Ignite sports center will hold annual events at our Peace Pitch connected to the National Children’s Alliance and the Global Peace Pitch Games.
Hobe Sound Soccer Club and Ignite Sports will hold soccer related activities including a soccer tournament on the international day of peace weekend of 21st and 22nd of September dedicated to the Peace Fields Project. Our aim is to participate in The Global Peace Games in Belgium.