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.”