First World War recruitment poster for sportsmen


For Club and Country is a partnership between the National Football Museum and the Woodland Trust.

With your help, we hope to create a living and digital legacy to remember the sacrifices made by footballers on the frontline as well as the home front effort during the First World War.

The direct effects of the First World War are still felt on today’s landscape with the UK having the least woodland cover in Europe. During and after the First World War, trees were planted in remembrance, marking the loss of life and the sacrifices made. We feel strongly that this tradition should be continued to create a living and growing legacy as a fitting tribute.

Get involved

We’re offering supporters the opportunity to learn more about their club’s involvement in the First World War, plant trees in tribute and create a digital roll of honour as a lasting legacy that football shall never forget.

By donating to your club's appeal you'll be helping us to create our national woodland memorial for football in the Woodland Trust's Centenary Wood in England. For every £15,000 raised an acre of woodland will be planted to pay tribute to footballs role in the First World War.

And to keep the legacy alive, your name will join others on our digital roll of honour, which will, in the future, have a permanent home at the National Football Museum.

When you’re next in, or planning to visit Manchester pop into the National Football Museum, watch the For Club and Country film with Sir Trevor Brooking CBE, and interact with the For Club and Country First World War commemorative exhibition. The For Club and Country exhibition includes including Bradford Park Avenue’s, Donald Simpson Bell’s, Victoria Cross medal.

Donations made on this website are shared between the Woodland Trust and the National Football Museum, 90% to the Woodland Trust and 10% to the National Football Museum.

Your club deserves to be represented in our football groves. Find your club and donate today