Today’s the day! 170 years after a group of university students pinned a set of rules for football to the trees surrounding Parker’s Piece in Cambridge, this seismic moment will finally be celebrated with our sculpture, unveiled at the very place where most of the rules of the game we love today were first adhered to.
If you’re near Cambridge, please do join us to launch this important public artwork by Alan Ward and Neville Gabie. We’d love to see you.
Timetable of events:
12.00pm: Speeches and sculpture unveiling on Parker’s Piece
12.45pm: @CambridgeUtdWFC vs @CuafcWomen
14.00pm: @CambsFA Select XI vs @CUAFC Men
Carol Anne Wood, a native of Cambridge, who has been an active supporter and contributor to the website – see her homages to David Luiz and her beloved Chelsea – has written a special poem for us which has also been submitted to the site this morning. Click here to view it
If you can’t be with us, here is a link to the free commemorative newspaper as a download and a selection of images from the installation this week in the lovely Cambridge sunshine. Follow events on twitter from 12noon.
The Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture will be unveiled at Parker’s Piece at noon on Saturday May 12th. There’s a whole host of exciting events going on throughout the afternoon, so take a look at the running times – but also make sure you pick up a commemorative newspaper!
12noon, Parkers Piece (on the corner of Parker’s Piece by Parkside and Mill Road)
Sculpture unveiled by Executive Councillor Anna Smith
Speeches, including a short word from Cambridge Rules 1848 Global Partners Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC (represented by Mr Taotao Song, Chief Executive Officer at Greenland UK)
12.45: Cambridge United Women’s Football Club vs University of Cambridge Women’s Football Team
14:00: Cambridgeshire FA Select XI vs Cambridge University Football Club.
Each day this week, we will be counting down to the launch of the Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture on Saturday by highlighting the story behind the location of one of the stones. Cut into nine pieces, five travel around the world in cultural exchange and four remain on Parker’s Piece.
On Monday we went to Shanghai in China, yesterday we made the trip to North Chennai, in India, and today we’re underneath a motorway in Cairo…
One of the joys of football is that it can be played anywhere – from a patch of ground in the middle of a Cambridge park to an unused space under a motorway in Cairo. The Nafas project, which aims to use sport to empower children at risk in the Egyptian capital, set up their pitch in the Abageyah district to be a safe haven, and runs a number of leagues for boys and girls.
The beautiful street art on the concrete structures underneath the motorway confirm that this isn’t just a football pitch, however, it’s a home and focal point for an entire community brought together by the game – the perfect place for one of the Cambridge Rules stones.
Listen here to Karim Hosney founder of The Nafas Project reading the rules in Arabic.
Facebook : Empowering Children at Risk Through Sports
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Welcome to the latest Cambridge Rules 1848 podcast! For this edition, we went to a five-a-side football centre in Manchester to meet Drika and her friends from a favela in Brazil, who won the chance to come and play football in the United Kingdom – with Quinton Fortune – and see Manchester United play.
Drika plays football in Penha, which is where Street Child United’s Safe Space programme has a football pitch. Street Child United use the power of sport to change the world for street children, and its flagship initiative is the Street Child World Cup – a World Cup for street children taking place ahead of each FIFA World Cup – with the next one due to kick off in Moscow in 2018.
We’ve been so impressed with Street Child United’s work, and given that it is a Cambridge-based charity which directly helps street children – often via football – we were really keen to connect with them. We’re delighted to announce that we will be working with Street Child United to place five parts of the Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture in places where they have links. Including Penha.
This podcast speaks to some of the people behind Street Child United and Quinton Fortune explains why their work is so important. Best of all, we speak to Drika and her friends, and find out why football is so important to them.
You might remember last month we documented our trip to Portugal to watch the granite that will form the Cambridge Rules 1848 sculpture on Parker’s Piece being extracted and cut.
Well, as you can see from these images, the artwork is now really starting to take on the form people will see in Cambridge in Spring 2018.
Just to remind you, the stone was cut into nine pieces, four of which will remain on Parker’s Piece and the other five travelling the globe to places which reflect the global spread of the game from Cambridge. In the end, the work on the stone should end with it looking like… this!
So as you can see from the artists’ impression, the next step is to get the rules translated into different languages and engraved onto the smooth faces of the granite.
“It’s great to see the granite begin to take shape,” says Cambridge Rules 1848 artist Alan Ward. “It’s already been a fascinating process and we’re really pleased with how it’s coming together. Now the work with the words starts, which is obviously really important to the finished piece.”