NIF's 'Kick it Out' Delegation Visits England
This summer, NIF is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Kick it Out project, which was founded in conjunction with the Israeli Football Association (IFA) and with the help of the English Football Association. This week, to mark the occasion, a delegation of community leaders from the program will be visiting England as guests of the English association. They will meet England’s Kick it Out team, visit with the Tottenham Hotspur football team, and share experiences with the women’s teams.
There will also be visits to the Houses of Parliament and a special reception hosted by Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub, as well as special events being organized by NIF UK.
Members of the delegation (left to right): Miriam Abu-Ghanem, Ohed Isser, Yaffa Zagia, Liran Liani, Abbas Suan, Dorothy Goor, Lior Librowski, Liran Gerasi.
The eight members of the delegation include Miriam Abu-Ghanem (the first female Bedouin sports teacher), Yaffa Zagia (a young Ethiopian immigrant who set up a team in inner city Be’er Sheva), and Abbas Suan (a famous former Israeli-Arab player and anti-racism campaigner).
Chairman of the English Football Association David Bernstein said: "This project will recognize the important ongoing anti-discrimination campaign in Israel – work that is equally important in England too. In both countries the message should always be that football is for all."
One of the delegates, Dorothy Goor, who was born in the United States, said: “Football for All means that everyone who wants to play should have the opportunity to do so, no matter their religion, race, gender, or age."
In June, Israel will be hosting the UEFA Under 21-European Championships, the biggest event of its kind ever to be held in the country. To mark this occasion, NIF will be holding a special ‘Football for All’ festival featuring players from the English and Israeli teams.