CAC Part of Football Remembers Week
November 26th 2014. 100 years ago this Christmas the First World War had begun. On Christmas Day 1914 troops on both sides were divided only by a narrow piece of land called No-Mans Land in Flanders, Belgium. That is when one of the most iconic moments in the war took place. For one day weapons and violence were replaced by a soccer ball and peace as the soldiers came together in No-Mans Land to play a Christmas Day game of soccer.
To commemorate this event, which demonstrates the power of soccer to unite people all over the world, the British Council are running a series of activities for ‘Football Remembers Week’ between December 6th and the 14th. This collaboration between the British Council, the FA, the Premier League and the Football League will include a pre-match photo of both competing teams at all soccer games from the Premier League to high school games.
Coaches Across Continents, as global leaders in sport for social impact, will be doing our bit for these events. Our programs are currently running in India and Tanzania with upcoming programs in Nepal and Jamaica in December. We will therefore have photos taken at all of these programs as well as asking other international partners to send in photos during the week. These photos will be broadcast on a special ‘Football Remembers’ website. This will add an international perspective to the event, including citizens of many countries who also fought in the First World War. Furthermore, one of the main facets of our programs is the ability of soccer to help people resolve conflict, solve problems and build peace making CAC ideal participants in ‘Football Remembers Week’.
If you are taking part in a soccer game around the weekend of December the 6th why not join in ‘Football Remembers’ and take a photo with both participating teams.
For more information on ‘Football Remembers’ go to http://www.britishcouncil.org/organisation/press/football-honour-centenary-1914-christmas-truce.