Peace Field Project: Commemorating the 1914 Christmas Truce


Peace Field Project: Commemorating the 1914 Christmas Truce

National Children’s Football Alliance (NCFA) is providing schools with the opportunity to twin their designated areas of play with the Flanders Peace Field.

Working in partnership with the Peace Village, Messines, Belgium (site of the 1914 Christmas Truce) the Peace Field Project (PFP) invites schools not only to commemorate the First World War and the Christmas Truce but also to celebrate peace through reflecting on a moment in history that inspires humanitarianism.

Schools apply (free) online by submitting:

  • A picture of the school and a picture of the designated play area
  • Nominated school ambassadors (boys and girls) for the project
  • A short video message or letter explaining why the school feels it is important to commemorate WW1 and celebrate peace through cross curricular activities and learning about the 1914 Christmas Truces
Participants in the centenary PFP receive:
  • A joint PFP certificate from NCFA and Peace Village/Flanders Peace Field
  • A PFP kite mark
  • Online links with Peace Village, Flanders Peace Field and NCFA’s football & peace website with access to the forum, quarterly newsletters and events
  • Each school will have their PFP home page on the football & peace website

The aim of the PFP is to create peace makers for the future. Young people (inspired by the 1914 Christmas Truce) will absorb the essence of why fair play is important and begin to understand that sport can transcend conflict and cement friendships for life.

Lest we forget
The PFP lends itself to cross curricular participation (sports, history, literacy, arts, humanities and citizenship), community cohesion and intergenerational relationships.

Schools are invited to sign a PFP declaration, pledging to hold a games event once a year throughout the centenary years on their peace field to commemorate WW1 and celebrate peace.

The PFP is open to primary schools, secondary schools and all sports clubs promoting sportsmanship and equal opportunities (in the UK and the Republic of Ireland).

[This article has been edited by the Operating Team]


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Bradley Castelli


Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 23:00