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Chelsea Team-up with Israeli Football Association against discrimination

Chelsea Team-up with Israeli Football Association against discrimination


The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation of Chelsea Foundation has teamed up with the Israeli Football Association (IFA) against discrimination between Jew and Arabs.


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The football-based, anti-discrimination and leadership training program was for the Jewish and Arab Children. And that it is part of Chelsea Foundation’s ‘Say No to Hate’ initiative which is funded by the club owner, Roman Abramovich.


According to an article published by Chelsea on its official website, the partnership was to further develop and expand its ‘Playing Fair’, Leading Peace Program to bring together Arab and Jewish children across Israel through football.


Chelsea said the program uses a ‘training the trainers model, “recruiting outstanding Jewish and Arab university students to take part in a football-based, anti-discrimination.


“Following their training, Young Leaders work in mixed Jewish-Arab pairs to implement inclusive football activities for mixed classes of Jewish and Arab schoolchildren,” Chelsea said.


The Club explained that the program which has been in place since 2016, was supported by the Israeli National Football Association and the UEFA Foundation for Children as well as Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.


Chelsea further explained that the partnership is expected to enable Chelsea Foundation to expand its program to reach more than 1,000 Jewish and Arab children as well as young adults across Israel during 2021/2022.


“Chelsea’s professional coaching model, dedicated to promoting values of fair play, respect and discipline, will be integrated into the program supported by Chelsea Foundation’s world-renowned coaching staff,” the Club Added.


According to Chelsea, the partnership was developed following Chelsea Women’s visit to Israel in 2019, “during which the team took part in football and education workshops with Arab and Jewish girls, promoting communication and teamwork and bringing different communities together through sport”.


Chelsea Team-up with Israeli Football Association against discrimination

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