Every school in the country is being urged to hold a football match to mark the 100th anniversary of the games that took place between opposing troops during the First World War.
The aim is to create a permanent tribute to the soldiers who laid down arms during the Christmas Truce on December 25, 1914.
It is part of the Football Remembers project, which is being run by the British Council, the Football Association, the Football League, and the Premier League.
Every level of football will mark the anniversary during a week of commemoration beginning on December 6 and schools are being asked to hold special matches and to mark the occasion by tweeting a photograph of their teams using the hashtag #FootballRemembers.
The photographs will be uploaded automatically to a Football Remembers website.
More than 30,000 schools across the UK have already received a Football Remembers education pack, which includes 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.
Prince William, president of the Football Association, 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.”
Vicky Gough, schools advisor at the British Council, said: “The impromptu games of football that happened along the Western Front 100 years ago are an incredible example of how people-to-people connections can triumph in the midst of a global conflict.
“It’s a powerful lesson for all our children – so we hope that every school in the UK will join this national act of remembrance.”
For more information, go to http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/football-remembers
CAPTION: Truce: Arsenal footballer Theo Walcott and Prince William with the Football Remembers pack (Photo: Getty Images)