THIS year, as part of the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, the Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum are creating a national woodland memorial to the brave footballers, officials and fans who were all involved.
This tribute will take the form of planting trees to create groves to honour those who served and those who fell. The tribute, which is named ‘For Club and Country’ is going to cost £1 million to create. We need football supporters of every generation to join together to honour these heroes by funding the planting of these trees in commemoration.
‘For Club and Country’ features 60 clubs who played a part in the conflict. Supporters can learn how their team was affected by the war on the website as well as donate to create this national football memorial in their honour in the Woodland Trust’s Centenary Wood at Langley Vale. Every supporter who donates will have their name and football club added to the Roll of Honour on the website, and in the permanent exhibition at the National Football Museum in Manchester
QPR Ambassador Andy Sinton is acting as the R’s Club Champion: “This year, QPR are remembering those players and supporters who gave up the game, left their friends and family, and ultimately sacrificed their lives for their country in the First World War. The club and I are honoured to support the For Club and County campaign. Please join me in signing up to the supporters roll of honour to help plant trees to commemorate our war heroes”
Dr Kevin Moore, Director of the National Football Museum said: “The partnership between the National Football Museum and the Woodland Trust will give football supporters across the country the opportunity to learn more about their own club’s First World War history, plant trees in commemoration and by doing so be part of the supporter’s roll of honour. We feel passionately that football’s involvement in the First World War is remembered by today’s generation.”
Please help create this living, growing legacy in memory of the footballers, officials and fans who gave so much during the First World War by clicking HERE or you can text WOODS QPR to 70025 to give £5.