This weekend sees the start of ‘Football Remembers Week’. Over this weekend and during the next week there are a series of events being organised by the Premier League, The FA, The Football League and The Football Conference to commemorate one of the most iconic moments of the First World War, the 1914 Christmas Truce football matches.
The first Football Remembers Week activity of is called ‘A Moment in History’. To celebrate the spirit of the Christmas Truce football matches of 1914, football teams across the country are being asked to have a pre-match group photograph taken together and upload them via social media with the hashtag #FootballRemembers.
All 22 players and the match officials who are part of today’s match are having their picture taken together prior to kick-off. You’ll be able to see the photo at the website FootballRemembers.com.
If you are playing or involved in a football match over the next week and want to create your own ‘Moment in History’ then go to the Football Remembers site for more details.
Background to Football Remembers
‘Football Remembers’ is the series of programmes and events being delivered jointly by the Premier League, The FA and the Football League, in partnership with the British Council, to commemorate the First World War. In 2014 most of the activity centres on one of the most iconic moments of the First World War, the 1914 Christmas Truce football match.
Football Remembers kicked off in May 2014 when the partners launched a Football Remembers education pack that was sent to more than 30,000 schools across the UK. It includes resources to help children learn about the Truce and football’s role in recruitment and morale during the First World War.
Football Remembers also features legacy projects that ensure that young people will continue to learn about the First World War for decades to come. The programme will continue through to 2018 highlighting the involvement of footballers and football.