UPDATE 04/12/18 PEACE PITCH TWINNING WITH FLANDERS PEACE FIELD CEREMONY
University of Kent is the first British University to twin its sports pitches with Flanders Peace Field, Mesen, Belgium, site of the 1914 First World War Christmas Truces.
Gateways to the First World War is a centre for public engagement with the First World War centenary funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The aim of the Gateways team is to encourage and support public interest in the centenary of the First World War through a range of events and activities such as open days and study days, advice on access to materials and expertise, and signposting for other resources and forms of support. The Centre is managed by the University of Kent in partnership with the Universities of Essex, Portsmouth and Leeds.
The official twinning ceremony will be facilitated by the University of Kent’s Sports Department.
Sport and recreation is a hugely important part of University life at Kent and Kent Sport works hard to provide something for everyone, whether you’re an elite sportsman/woman or just want to try new activities, lead a healthier lifestyle or meet new people. With over 4000 members supporting over 45 student sports clubs, extensive sport and fitness facilities, and a wide variety of programmes, events and activities Kent Sport has set upon a mission to engage every student in physical activity by 2025.
Kent Sport is proud to support charitable foundations, events and promotions that support worthy causes and is particularly committed those that involve sport such as the Gateways to the First World War and National Children’s Football Alliance initiative.
The twinning of the University of Kent pitches with Flanders Peace Field ceremony will launch the Peace Ride event.
Saturday 23rd March 2019 from CANTERBURY, KENT, ENGLAND to MENIN GATE, YPRS, BELGIUM. WHY? To raise money to enable Slum Soccer to send a team of young mixed ability mixed gender children to the 2019 GLOBAL PEACE GAMES. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a week long peace education programme at The Peace Village, Mesen, Belgium. The experience will have a lasting impact on each and every young person.