Deadline approaching for Football Truce schools competition

Wednesday 11 June 2014

Deadline approaching for schools to enter competition to mark centenary of WW1 Christmas Truce

  • HRH Duke of Cambridge and Theo Walcott will judge a design competition for a new permanent national memorial marking the Christmas Truce
  • All primary and secondary schools in the UK have received an education pack about the moment in history when football brought war to a halt

 Time is running out for schools yet to enter the Football Remembers design project to create a permanent national memorial to the Christmas Truce – one of the most iconic moments of the First World War.

The Duke of Cambridge – President of The FA – and Arsenal and England star Theo Walcott will help judge the winning entry, which will be built at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The pair came together this week to discuss the unique project, which has seen the Premier League, Football League and The FA Join forces with the British Council.

More than 30,000 education packs have been distributed to schools across the country as part a nationwide commemoration this year marking 100 years since the start of the First World War. 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.

Schools wishing to take part in the memorial design competition have been given an extra week until 11.59pm on Monday 23 June to submit their entries, with the winning design set to be unveiled in December. More information on how to enter is available here - http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/classroom-resources/football-rem...

A host of events are taking place across this year. 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 so chool 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 Football Remembers 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.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge said: “I am delighted that children across the country will be taking part in a schools competition to design a memorial to the Christmas Truce – a competition which I will be helping to judge. The memorial will be housed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, close to The F.A.’s new St. George’s Park home.  A fitting location, which I hope many who visit the national football centre in future, will stop by to visit.

“I would like to wish good luck to everyone who takes part and to thank all those who are involved in commemorating this year’s centenary of the First World War.  It is vital we never forget.”

Arsenal FC and England star Theo Walcott said: “It’s a privilege to be part of such a special project with HRH The Duke of Cambridge which teaches young people about football’s part in WW1.  I’m honoured to play my part in judging the competition which gives young people a chance to create something truly special. This will ensure this piece of history and the sacrifice of so many is never forgotten.”

Notes to Editor

British Council: Mark Moulding – Senior Press Officer

0207 389 4889 / mark.moulding@britishcouncil.org

FA: Greg Demetriou – Head of Corporate Communications

07812 062 837 / greg.demetriou@thefa.com

Football League: Peter Hannon – Public Affairs Executive

07435 782 904 / PHannon@football-league.co.uk

Premier League: Phil Dorward – Head of PR

0207 864 9157 / pdorward@premierleague.com

The Football Remembers education pack, which includes details of the competition, will be available to download at: http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/football-remembers

An image of Theo Walcott and HRH The Duke of Cambridge accompanies this media release. This is free to use, as long as appropriate credit is given to Getty Images. 

About the British Council:

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About the National Memorial Arboretum:

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country.  The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities. Sited in the heart of the Nation, with 50,000 maturing trees and nearly 300 memorials, it is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who serve their country or who have died in conflict. 

Full letter from The Duke of Cambridge supporting Football Remembers:

As President of The Football Association, it gives me great pleasure to be supporting the Football Remembers project.

The British Council, together with The F.A., 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.

I am delighted that children across the country will be taking part in a schools competition to design a memorial to the Christmas Truce – a competition which I will be helping to judge.  The memorial will be housed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, close to The F.A.’s new St. George’s Park home.  A fitting location, which I hope many who visit the national football centre in future, will stop by to visit.

I would like to wish good luck to everyone who takes part and to thank all those who are involved in commemorating this year’s centenary of the First World War.  It is vital we never forget.

William