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FOOTBALL REMEMBERS

9 May 2014

The game marks centenary of the Christmas Truce – one of the most iconic moments of the First World War

The Premier League, Football League and The FA have joined forces with the British Council to create Football Remembers, a huge national commemoration supported by the Duke of Cambridge, that will mark this year’s centenary of the Christmas Truce – one of the most iconic moments of the First World War.

Every team in the Premier League and Football League as well as all 24 England sides will mark the centenary, right through to the grassroots - with every FA-registered club, county FA and UK primary and secondary school being asked to join in a series of activities between now and December 2014.

Any football team in the UK and around the world will be welcome to participate.

The first two of these activities are launched today with the aim of engaging a new generation of young people about what took place on Christmas Day in Flanders in 1914.

The four partners have launched a Football Remembers education pack that will be sent to more than 30,000 schools across the UK through the British Council. It includes resources to help children learn about the Truce – including eye-witness accounts, photos, drawings and letters from soldiers some of which have never been published before. Β 

The pack includes perspectives from British, French, Belgian, German and Indian witnesses and is accompanied by specially written activities for English, modern foreign languages, drama, art, sport, history, moral education and conflict resolution. Pupils are encouraged to consider the significance of the Christmas Truce today.Β 

The Duke of Cambridge – President of The FA – is backing another unique Football Remembers project. Schools and Football Academies are being asked to design a memorial to the football played during the Truce. The permanent memorial will be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The winning design will be chosen by the Duke and Arsenal and England striker Theo Walcott. The memorial will be formally unveiled in December.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge said: β€œThe British Council, together with The FA, Premier League and Football League, have put together a tremendous resource for use in the classroom and at home. It promises to be a powerful way to engage and educate young people about such an important moment in our history.

"We all grew up with the story of soldiers from both sides putting down their arms on Christmas Day, and it remains wholly relevant today as a message of hope over adversity, even in the bleakest of times.”


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