Chelsea Foundation, the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and the Israeli Football Association team up on football programme for Jewish and Arab children

Bruce Buck, Chelsea FC Chairman said ‘During our visit to Israel in 2019, we saw first-hand the power football can have in bringing together communities and breaking down barriers. We hope that this new initiative will empower children to harness the respect and fairness in football and use those values to promote greater tolerance, unity and inclusion in society.

Chemi Peres, Chairman, The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation added: ‘This important partnership is set to elevate the Playing Fair, Leading Peace project to new heights, offering participants an unparalleled opportunity to build their capacities as leaders and community changemakers. The Peres Center is proud to expand this initiative, promoting diversity and inclusivity through sport and bringing Jewish and Arab young leaders and children together work towards a common goal of peace.’

Oren Hasson, IFA President, said: ‘This groundbreaking collaboration is a testament to the partner’s belief in the power of football to be a connecting bridge on the pitch and everywhere. No barrier, natural or artificial, will prevent the common future of us all in the field of football and in every other aspect in life.’