Football & Peace
National Children’s Football Alliance are proud to annouce joining the First World War Centernary Partnership a network of over 500 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by IWM (Imperial War Museums). NCFA will be representing children’s football and all the good work being done to commemorate the Christmas Truce through the Football & Peace Pilot project. The junior and youth games will take place at Flanders Peace Village with children from across Europe staying at the Peace Village. Celebrating peace, creating young Peace Makers and playing football for fun is the aim of the Football & Peace Pilot Project. We need your support for one of the World’s most important football playing fields.
The Prime Minister said more than 50 million pounds will be spent on commemorating the Great War under plans to mark its centenary in 2014.
To help a new generation to remember the war, every state secondary school child will be taught about soldiers who served in the war and have the chance to see the graves of those who died in Belgium and France.
In a speech at the Imperial War Museum, Mr Cameron said it is crucial to spend money on remembering the war, despite the recession.
He said Britain must never forget the conflict because of the scale of sacrifice, the lasting impact of the war and emotional reasons.
“I know there will be some who wonder whether we should be making such a priority of these commemorations when money is tight and there is no-one left from the generation that fought in the Great War,” he said.
“Our duty with these commemorations is clear. To honour those who served. To remember those who died. And to ensure that the lessons learnt live with us for ever.”
Communities will be able to apply for their own slice of the 50 million pound centenary money for ideas such as football matches to mark the 1914 Christmas Day Truce, or sowing commemorative poppies in the UK.
During a personal speech, Mr Cameron spoke of his own relatives who fought in world wars and his love for the poets Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sasson and Robert Graves, who recorded their experiences.
He said the First World War “matters not just in our heads, but in our hearts”, which must give countries across Europe “a confidence and determination never to go back”.
A new advisory board to plan the centenary will include Sebastian Faulks, the author of World War One fiction, Professor Hew Strachan, the historian, and two former defence secretaries, Lord King of Bridgwater and Baron Robertson of Port Ellen.
Events will run from a national commemoration for the first day of conflict on August 4, 2014, until events to mark 100 years since Armistice Day in 2018.
Key battles such as the Somme, Jutland, Gallipoli and Passchendaele will also be remembered with a programme of cultural and educational events.
Working Group left to right; Hanspeter Rothmund (CEO, Football Is More), Ernie Brennan (Founder/Director, NCFA), Prof Jurgen Burschman (Special Advisor, Football Is More), Roland Roseel (Director, Peace Village), Paul Cooper (National Projects Director, NCFA).
The first working group meeting at the Peace Village, Messines, Belguim took place last June with Roland Roseel inviting Ernie Brennan and Don Mullan to chair proposals for a Football & Peace project to bring children together from across Europe to play football at the historic site of World War One’s Christmas Truce. Flanders Peace Field commerates one hundred years in 2014, it is hoped that the Pilot Project will help raise the profile and gather the International support needed to provide children with the opportunity to experience the world’s first ever unified football pitch.
Talks have begun with Belguim, German, Irish and British Ambassadors, an interview with NCFA Patron and Flanders Peace Field Ambassador Don Mullan can be viewed by clicking on the Breaking Ground Ceremony link. The Project is now seeking funding and support from across all sectors for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org