Together with legendary Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff, Maccabi Tel Aviv today participated in an activity that brought together Jewish and Arab children in Jaffa
In co-operation with the Shimon Peres Centre for Peace, Maccabi Tel Aviv this afternoon participated in an activity for Jewish and Arab Israeli children at the Cherner House Community Centre in Jaffa. Representing the club were owner Mr Mitch Goldhar, his representative in Israel Jack Angelides, sports director Jordi Cruyff and a number of players from the Maccabi Tel Aviv squad. Also honouring the event with his participation was Jordi Cruyff's father, the legendary Dutch and Barcelona footballer Johan Cruyff, whose foundation, "The Johan Cruyff Foundation", are responsible for the funding for the Cherner House football grounds that provide training opportunities for Jewish and Arab children of all ages in Jaffa.
At the start of the event the children provided the participating Maccabi Tel Aviv players with a Guard of Honour and were welcomed by the representatives of both Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Cherner House. After a short warm-up activity, both children and players got to the main event of the day, a showcase match pitting against one another two sides composed of both Jewish and Arab children, with Maccabi Tel Aviv players joining in. To the sheer joy of all the children present, dignitaries Goldhar, Angelides and Cruyff also participated in the game and everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly. At the end of the match the children presented medallions to all the Maccabi players as a token of appreciation from the Football Project of the Peres Centre for Peace.