Kent and Flemish schools remember WW1 Christmas truce through football

PUBLISHED: 09:05 16 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:05 16 December 2014


Students from Pent Valley in Folkestone and Thamesview School in Gravesend will be joined by Provinciall Technisch Instituut in Kortrijk and Middenschool Van Het GO! from Ypres in Belgium to hold football matches to mark the centenary of the games that took place during the World War 1 Christmas Truce.

More than 70 students from across the four schools are due to take part in the project- which is backed by Prince William.

The match is part of the Football Remembers project from the British Council, The FA, the Football League and the Premier League – which will see every level of football mark the anniversary in a week of commemoration.

It will take place on Wednesday (December 17) and the first match kicks off at 1pm at Three Hills Sports Park, Folkestone.

Mario Citro, Headteacher at Pent Valley Technology College said: “We feel very proud as a sports academy to be taking part in such a special event especially because we are in a town like Folkestone which has such a rich association with WW1.”

Harry Ingham, Headteacher at Thamesview School, said: “Being involved in Football Remembers has been a great opportunity to involve our students in a cross country project.

“Our students really appreciate getting to know fellow European students.

“The poignancy of the anniversary and the importance of peaceful communications have been crucial aspects of the project and will enable our young people to gain a thoroughly global perspective.”

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