Christmas Truce Football Match

Selection_547Richard Peers reporting

On Saturday 6th December the British Football School joined together with the British Embassy in Moscow and Russian charity Flag Dobra to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War Christmas Truce.

As part of the UK’s ‘Football Remembers’ project, the British Football School were one of many schools across the world that commemorated this remarkable event throughout December. In an unprecedented show of the Christmas Spirit, the Christmas Truce was an extraordinary moment in the First World War when soldiers fighting on the Western Front spontaneously laid down their weapons, met in ‘no man’s land’, sang carols, exchanged gifts and played football. So on a cold Moscow morning, two teams – British Football Club and Krylatskoye Detsky Dom – assembled at the British Embassy to remember those who fought in such bitter conditions and to play a simple football match.

Selection_549After observing a minute’s silence and a supportive speech from Her Majesty’s Ambassador Tim Barrow, the match began. This was the fifth match to be played by the British Football Club in the winter term and with the teams evenly matched all the players tried their hardest and produced some very entertaining football. MacCoffee kindly sponsored the event and kept the very enthusiastic crowd warm throughout the morning. There were many goals in the exciting 6-3 game, with the Krylatskoye team taking the eventual win. You can find a more detailed match report and photos on the British Football School website – http://www.britishfootballschool.com/about-us/british-football-club

After the match the British Ambassador kindly invited all the children to his Residence. They were treated to fish and chips and later took part in an art project, learning more about the Christmas Truce.

British Football School Director, Richard Peers said: “The Christmas Truce reminds us that sports can bring us all together in difficult times, whether in wars or during the current international climate. All the children who played football today were enthused by actively participating in such a historic event hosted so well by the British Embassy. The British Football School and Astra Sport are glad support this event and give all the children from the Krylatskoye Detskiy Dom team an early Christmas present – a full football kit. We hope the whole experience will stay with them and everyone involved for a long time!”

For more information about the ‘Football Remembers’ campaign then visit

www.footballremembers.com and for British Football School
www.britishfootballschool.com

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