THIS COUNTRY CHARITY WALK
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SWINDON TOWN F.C LEGENDS
THIS COUNTRY’S ALL STARS
SUNDAY 22nd MAY 2022
Kick off 4.30pm
COUNTY GROUND SWINDON
TICKETS £10 Children £2
We are very grateful and honoured that Swindon Town FC are hosting the event and also thank all the players for both teams giving up their time to raise money for the Children’s Football Alliance.
Our relationship with the club began in 2020 when the Swindon Town Foundation twinned their Foundation Community pitch with the Flanders Peace pitch in Messines, Belgium, site of the 1914 Christmas Truce and football game. Football has a wonderful way of bringing people together and breaking down barriers and If you can play a game of football against your enemy during a World War, anything is possible.
The Mucklowes have long been Swindon Town fans ever since Kerry did a day’s work at The County Ground selling burgers and Kurtan had a trial for Swindon youth team but unfortunately failed to turn up because he missed the bus.
All monies raised will support children from diverse poor back grounds at the Global Peace Games. The NCFA’s peace education programme is a respite for mixed ability, mixed gender, special needs, refugees and migrant children to learn competences through play. The GPGs is an annual week-long event that celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace. Many of the participants come from communities of concern and war-torn countries. Your support will provide happy memories.
THIS COUNTRY v THAT COUNTRY
Saturday 9th October, 2021,
First Half Kick -off 8am. Market Road Football Pitches, Islington, London
The unique charity football game played at Market Road Football Pitches, Islington, London, raised money for children to attend the 2022 Global Peace Games. The game featured supporters of the children’s charity, The National Children’s Football Alliance (NCFA). Arsenal Community’s Dean Miller, said, ‘we enjoyed the game in the knowledge that it was raising funds for a great cause‘.
The first half was kicked off by the Lord Mayor of Islington, Troy Gallagher, he said, ‘the game was clearly played in the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. I was delighted to support this very special football game and to help raise money for children to attend the 2022 Global Peace Games‘.
Lord Mayor of Islington, Troy Gallagher (center) with the Peace Poppy Football, which was taken by the players to The LAST POST, Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.
Charlie and Daisy Cooper, writers and actors, of the hit BBC Bafta Award winning comedy series This Country, are Patrons The NCFA. Daisy said, ‘ I wished all the players well in the game and look after my old dad, he’s playing in goal‘, her brother Charlie (left, in white) played a commanding role as an attacking midfielder.
The first half score was a tight 4-1 to This Country, or was it That Country?
The signing of the Peace Poppy Football, facilitated by Tom Watt, was signed by all the players.
Saturday 9th October, 2021,
Second Half Kick-off 4pm The Peace Pitch, The Peace Village, Flanders Peace Fields
The second half featured NCFA supporters and players from FC Bruges. The players held aloft the latest Peace Field Project Plaques to be added to the Peace Pitch in Flanders Peace Field:
Elementary school Veli Veli Vrh Pula, Croatia, Hollandia Soccer Club, Saskatoon, Canada, Kowloon Cricket Club, Hong Kong, The Perez Centre, Israel, Dennis Law Legacy Trust, Aberdeen, Scotland and Duncan Edwards Tribute, Dudley.
Captains, Axel (blue) and Ross (white), exchange gifts before the second half kick-off. Retired FC Bruges football coach, Philippe Servias (centre) said, ‘I have never witnessed a game of football where the first half kicked off in That Country and the second half kick-off in This Country and all for a good cause, children celebrating peace through football‘.
The game was played on the Peace Pitch in Flanders Fields, Mesen, Belgium, site of the 1914 First World War, Christmas Truces. Played under the shadow of the Island of Ireland Peace Tower where over 200,000 soldiers are commemorated.
Paul Cooper, Director and Co-founder of the NCFA, said, ‘It was such a memorable day. The football was great, the players were fantastic and the sun never stopped shining in both countries. All the monies raised will go to the 2022 Global Peace Games. We would like to thank everyone that sponsored TCvTC and all the people that made it happen from Market Road Football Pitches, Islington to The Peace Village, Mesen, Belguim.‘.
‘All Together Now’
Match referee in This Country and That Country, Roland Watt, proudly laid the Peace Poppy Football at The Last Post, Menin Gate, Ypres, Belguim. Roland, said, ‘It was an honour and a memory that I will hold dearly‘.
SATURDAY 9th October 2021
1st HALF KICK OFF 08.00
MARKET ROAD, FOOTBALL PITCHES, LONDON N7
2nd HALF KICK OFF 17.00
THE PEACE PITCH, FLANDERS, BELGIUM
TC v TC will raise funds for underpriviledged children to participate in the 2020 Global Peace Games – a week long peace education project that creates Peace Ambassadors for the future. Join NCFA’s Patrons, the stars of BBC hit comedy series This Country and provide, hope for childhoods in need.
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.
Cheques / BACS
Name of Bank: HSBC
Account Name: National Children’s Football Alliance
Account Number: 52790165
Sorting Code: 40-22-26
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.
9th – 10th OCTOBER 2021
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Kerry’s Swindon Town shirt on This Country Raffle
One of the Swindon Town shirts worn by actress and NCFA patron, Daisy Cooper is to be raffled with proceeds going to The NCFA and Global Peace Games.
The tickets cost £5 each. To enter the £5 raffle click on the DONATE PAY PAL LINK BELOW:
put the word ‘raffle’ in the comments box and we will be drawing the winning ticket, next Monday 28th September.
Thank you to Ellis Platten from the youtube channel Away Days for organising this.
Charity Gig and Football Match
Dates for the diary. We will be holding a charity gig in Cirencester on Saturday 24th July 2001 (Bingham Hall, Cirencester) followed by a Charity Football Match on Sunday 25th. (|Cirencester Town FC) stadium)
The theme is young people’s mental health and the proceeds will go to the NCFA, Sport in Mind and the Rachel Swindall Trust for a new project tackling young people with mental ill health.
We will post updates in future newslestters
We had a fabulous night on Saturday 5th September at the charity ghost hunt put on by the fabulous paranormal events company, Ghostly Goings On at the Warmley Clock Tower near Bristol.
The event raised a staggering £700 for the NCFA and we are incredibly grateful to Danni Neville and her team for giving their night up for our charity.
The event started at 9pm and went onto 3am, way past my bedtime. But the scares and laughs kept me wide awake until the end.
The Warmley clock tower location used to be an old pin factory and well know for being haunted in paranormal circles. We know of at least one death at the factory when someone fell.
Thirty brave souls, a sell-out, spilt into three groups and spent time in three locations.
The first location in was the tower itself, it was pitch dark and the hairs on my neck stood up as the room temperature changed.
At one stage their appeared to be a spirit in the room and when asked, “Do you have a message for our special guest Paul tonight, the spirit answered NO! I couldn’t help retort:” Don’t you know who I am?”
During a thoroughly enjoyable and absorbing night, we had sensors going off, left right and centre, coloured balls moving around, a chair being tapped and kicked, and something tugged on my neck chain.
The time went so quickly, and everyone had a great night and it is something I would certainly do again.
FOOTBALL SHIRTS FUNDRAISING
THE PEACE RIDE SUCCESS
The aim was to raise money for young people to participate in the 2019 Global Peace Games, Messines, Belgium.
18 cyclists representing Team NCFA, Team Starlizard, Team Basildon (Beauchamps High School and Woodlands School) and Team University of Kent, set off at 5.45am Saturday 23rd March from The University of Kent’s Peace Pitch.
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.”
The Peace Ride then boarded EURO TUNNEL at 9am. The Peace Ride resumed at 10am in Calais and arrived at The Menin Gate, Ypres at 7pm.