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Proudly supporting The Equalizer charity in Israel

Fri 29 July 2022, 11:45|Tottenham Hotspur

The Club is proud to show its support for The Equalizer charity, the largest Sports for Social Change organisation in Israel, ahead of this weekend’s final pre-season match against AS Roma in Haifa.

Founded in 2009, The Equalizer charity works with the most disadvantaged communities and uses sports, in particular football, to promote equal opportunities in quality education, female empowerment, and social cohesion and reconciliation.

Proudly supporting the Equalizer charity in Israel

• The Club is proud to show its support for The Equalizer charity, the largest Sports for Social Change organisation in Israel
• The Equalizer charity works with the most disadvantaged communities and uses football to help bring children from different backgrounds and cultures together
• Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier, Matt Doherty, and Ryan Sessegnon surprised 45 children taking part in a football session in Tel Aviv today
• The children were also gifted tickets to Saturday night’s final pre-season match against AS Roma in Haifa

Using sport as a tool for education and social change, the charity runs weekly football training sessions alongside school classes, with a focus on how to build self-confidence and how to develop new leadership and life skills.

All activities focus on the social and geographic periphery in Israel, with the aim of giving children a significant framework for personal development and values such as tolerance, respect, preventing violence and eradicating racism, while creating a bridge between different populations in Israeli society. Currently there are more than 3,500 students across 400 schools in Israel who take part in their programmes.

Today, Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier, Matt Doherty, and Ryan Sessegnon surprised 45 children from The Equalizer charity taking part in a football session in Tel Aviv.

The children, aged 9-12 years old from both Israeli and Palestinian backgrounds, were treated to a memorable training session hosted by the Club’s Global Football Development coaches, where alongside our players and Club Ambassador Ledley King, they were put through their paces with a series of footballing drills, skills, and tactics. After the session, the group had the opportunity to get autographs and pictures.

Courtesy of the match promoter MTR7, all children who took part in the session were gifted tickets to Saturday night’s game at the Sammy Ofer Stadium.

Liran Gerassi, CEO and Founder of The Equalizer charity, said: “It's not every day that children in Israel get the opportunity to meet top-class Premier League footballers. Such encounters are a huge boost to the children’s motivation, ambition, and self-esteem for years to come and therefore a meaningful contributor to achieving our goals of equal opportunities and bridging social gaps. The visit today has had a significant impact on the participants and on our organization, and we are incredibly grateful to Tottenham Hotspur for making this event happen."

Speaking after the session, Club Captain Hugo Lloris, said: “It was great to take part in the session today with the incredible children from The Equalizer charity. It is clear that the charity does a fantastic job in bringing together Israeli and Palestinian children through the power of football and hopefully today we were able to give the children a memorable experience. We hope they enjoy the game.”

To find out more about The Equalizer charity, please visit: https://www.the-equalizer.org/