The National Children’s Football Alliance, based at Kings Hill, are leading the HLF-funded Football & Peace UK project for school children aged 11-14:
The Football & Peace UK pilot project is inspired by the events of the Christmas Truce of 1914 and explores the role of sport during the First World War as reflected in the experiences of local people.
In January 2014, the Kent History & Library Centre & Maidstone Museum hosted Football & Peace First World war learning sessions for visiting school parties from:
- High Weald Academy, Cranbrook
- Swadelands School, Lenham
- Herne Bay High School
- Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne
- The Isle of Sheppey Academy, Minster
As part of the learning session at the KHLC, the students investigated our First World War local history resources in a range of formats and answered research questions.
Research themes included:
• First World War Sport & Propaganda
• First World War Sport & Recruitment
• Taking a stand for Peace:
Exploring the stories of Conscientious Objectors in Kent
• Marking the peace in Kent
• Walter Tull- From Folkestone boy to First World War icon
The NCFA were filming for a project documentary during our January FWW learning sessions.
A key future date for Football & Peace project activity will be Friday 25th April 2014: ‘A Peace Day Celebration at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone United Football Club’. The event is for Participating Schools, First World War Centenary Partners, Special Guests & the General Public. Project work undertaken by school project participants will be displayed and recorded. There will be a range of sport activities for school project participants, played in the spirit of the 1914 Christmas Truce.
(with thanks to Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian- Local History, KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives)