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After opening over 130 “sports courts” worldwide, the Johan Cruyff Foundation
will be coming to Jaffa on Friday to inaugurate its first such court in Israel
in cooperation with Collectieve Israel Actie – Keren Hayesod in
The “Cruyff Court Yafo” strives to serve as an example for
coexistence and as a promise for peace in Israel and in the Middle East. It aims
to act as a safe place where children can play sport. It is an idea by Johan
Cruyff, who is widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest ever soccer
The court will be multi-functional, with a hard underground (not
grass), so that different sports can be played.
Through the cooperation
of the local council, corporations, schools, sport and soccer clubs and local
businesses, the Cruyff Court – at which Jews and Arabs will be able to play
together – also has an important social function in the neighborhood.
ceremony dedicating the soccer field will take place at the Cherner Community
Center in Jaffa in the presence of the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the Ambassador
of the Netherlands to Israel, representatives of Collectieve Israel Actie, the
Cruyff Foundation, the Peres Center for Peace and donors.