Preston College

Construction students join Football Remembers

News - Tuesday, 16th December, 2014

Preston’s College has held a football tournament as part of a week of national events commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

It marked 100 years since the ‘Christmas Truce,’ when games of football were played between allied forces and German soldiers on no man’s land in Belgium, during a Christmas Day ceasefire in 1914.

Teams of learners and tutors played matches at the Sir Tom Finney Astroturf pitch at the Fulwood campus on Tuesday December 9.

The winning side were presented with a trophy by Andy Haythornthwaite from Preston North End Football Club.

Philip Parle, tutor at Preston’s College who organised the event, said: “The Christmas Truce showed how sport has the power to unite people. The tournament was a chance for us to do our bit as part of Football Remembers Week while reflecting on the courage of the soldiers in the trenches.”

Remembrance events took place across the country during the week beginning December 8 as part of Football Remembers Week, an initiative of the partnership between the British Council, the Premier League, the Football League and the FA.

The aim was to encourage young people to remember the Christmas Truce. Schools and colleges received information packs containing activities in which they could get involved.

Players in starting line-ups of games played in the Premier League, Championship and the FA Cup on the weekend of December 6-8 posed for group photographs, which were added to a website specially created in honour of the remembrance events.

Preston’s College offers a range of courses in the sport and fitness sector, including physical education, HNDs in sport and coaching and personal training.

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