SOCCER TEAM “UNITED COLOURS OF GALILEE”
A soccer team for
Jewish and Arab children in the Galilee.
The idea came to
life at the
beginning of 2006, following a visit by a soccer team from the
region of Friuli, in northern Italy. The team arrived in Israel, and
held a number of friendship matches in different parts of the
country, including a game with the youths of Kibbutz Sasa in the
When this special match was over, and after hearing a lecture on
the Beresheet LaShalom Foundation’s efforts to educate toward dialogue
between people of different cultures and creeds, the Italian team
proposed creating a mixed Arab-Jewish team, of children and
teen-agers from the Galilee. They promised to invite the team to
play in the annual summer tournament, known as "Conosciamoci" - “Let’s Get
Acquainted”. The tournament is for youth teams from different
countries in Europe and elsewhere, in particular multicultural teams.
Despite the great difficulties, we decided to create a mixed
team. Now the team is in its third year. The children come from
communities in the region: Gush Halav, Safsufa, Kerem Ben Zimra,
Dovev, Avivim, Sasa, Me’ona, Fassuta, and others. They meet every
week, with their coach Fabio Kenig from Sasa, who has coached the
team for three years now with great devotion, entirely as a
The team practices as guests of Kibbutz Sasa, which grants
to use its playing-field. There is good cooperation with the soccer
coaches in the area, as the children also play on other teams, and
the training times are coordinated accordingly.
During the summers of 2006 and 2007 the team played in the
tournament "Conosciamoci", which was held in Udine and organized by the
Amateur Sports Association of the Venice-Friuli region. The
association maintains a soccer league to which 80,000 players
belong, and everything is done to advance popular and social sport,
purely on a volunteer basis.
The mood is good among the team members, and the children get to
know one another despite differences in culture, language and
customs. They find a common language through sport and soccer.
The important message is, that all paths are good that lead to
positive closeness between people, especially between these young
people, who often find it easier to come together than their
parents and adults in general.
Much money must be raised every year to maintain the team. Our
hope is that we succeed in carrying-on this important mission.
You are invited to participate and contribute to this valuable
and distinctive project, in order to allow it to continue to exist and
grow, and to create together a better future for our children.
We look forward to hearing from you !
Yehuda Calò Livné, Team Director.