From the Neighborhood League to Second Place in the World Cup

From the Neighborhood League to Second Place in the World Cup

Looking to bring the World Cup just a little bit closer to home? Third and fourth-grade children from the Givat Gonen elementary school, who are trained by Hapoel Katamon Football Club’s Social Initiative and participate in the Peres Center for Peace’s (link: www.peres-center.org ) twinned soccer program, did just that. Yesterday, May 12, they participated in a Mini-World Cup tournament in Herzliya, organized by the Peres Center. Not only did they participate, they finished in second place overall!

The children played along with their twinned team from Jericho, and joined more than 400 children from Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the tournament. In the tournament, the children represented teams from the USA, Russia, Belgium and the Ivory Coast to mimic actual World Cup games.

Next year, many of these children will be participating in Hapoel Katamon’s Neighborhood League, which includes children in grades 5-6. Thanks to the support of the Gablinger Foundation of Germany and donors from the UK, the Jerusalem Foundation has supported the Neighborhood League for the past 4 years. The project provides soccer training and Learning Centers to both Jewish and Arab children in disadvantaged neighborhoods. In 2013 - 2014 the project operates 19 teams, and features monthly tournaments with all the teams.

From The Neighborhood League To The World Cup