Football match commemorates legendary Christmas Truce in First World War

Westfield Middle School commemorate World War 1 football match.
Westfield Middle School commemorate World War 1 football match.

Students from two schools in Bedford kicked off a football match to mark the centenary of the game that took place during the First World War Christmas Truce.

Westfield Middle and Bedford Free Schools took part in the football match during a project backed by Prince William.

Westfield Middle School commemorate World War 1 football match.

Westfield Middle School commemorate World War 1 football match.

The match was part of the Football Remembers project from the British Council, The FA, the Football League and the Premier League – which saw every level of football mark the anniversary in a week of commemoration between December 6- 14.

On Thursday, December 11, Bedford Free School Head of PE Michael Cox ran a workshop about the legendary truce which took place when soldiers from opposing sides met up on ‘no man’s land’.

The workshop was run for Year 8 pupils from his own school and from Westfield Middle followed by the game of football.

The students had been learning about the Christmas Truce with the help of a Football Remembers education pack, which more than 30,000 schools across the UK received in May.

It included 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.

Mr Cox actually worked with the British Council on the planning of the pack and naturally has encouraged local schools to get involved.

He said: “This has been a great project to help make history and politics relevant through sport.

“I was proud to be invited to be involved.”

HRH The Duke of Cambridge – President of The FA – said: “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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