School at the forefront of ‘Peace Field Project’

Mrs Lesley Young, Headteacher, Mr Tim Dudgeon, Assistant Head, Mr David Whelpton, Chair of Governors and Mr Ernie Brennan, Managing Director of the National Children's Football Alliance
Mrs Lesley Young, Headteacher, Mr Tim Dudgeon, Assistant Head, Mr David Whelpton, Chair of Governors and Mr Ernie Brennan, Managing Director of the National Children's Football Alliance

Last week saw the official handing over of Chailey School’s ‘Peace Field’ plaque by Ernie Brennan, managing director of the National Children’s Football Alliance.

Two years ago, the school took an enthusiastic lead in the national and international ‘Peace Field Project’, which called upon schools to dedicate playing fields to peace in commemoration of the Christmas Truce on the Western Front in 1914. This moment of history that inspired humanitarianism, rather than bloodshed and conflict, is the historical focal point of the project.

Since 2014, and also as part of their own ‘Chailey and The Great War’ project, the school has organised annual football tournaments for local primary schools on the field, attended by representatives of the NCFA and also The Royal British Legion.

At the last of these events, Mr Brennan presented a ‘Poppy Ball’, marking this twinning with Flanders Peace Field and the Peace Village at Messines in Belgium (site of the 1914 Christmas Truce).

This plaque then marks the next stage, and a copy of the plaque will also be formally handed over in a ceremony at the Peace Village at Messines.

Chailey will be the first British School to be represented there in this way, and it is delighted to be at the forefront of such a project.