Why Tennis is our Mission

Bringing Communities Together - Impacting the Future
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Through tennis Arab children can feel a part of Israeli society and are treated equally in the sporting and civil arenas

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Bringing together a community of Arab and Jewish parents, coaches, players, teachers and volunteers.

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Creating a safe, positive, and welcoming environment for all young players

Sir Cliff Richard OBE, with the British Ambassador David Quarrey CMG and host Ron Steele at a 2017 fundraising event at the Steele Tennis Club, Herzliya, flanked by coaches and children from Freddie Krivine tennis programs.

Through the Freddie Krivine Initiative many hundreds of Arab children have an opportunity to learn to play and enjoy the game of tennis.  Our mission is to ensure that through tennis Arab children can feel a part of Israeli society and are treated equally in the sporting and civil arenas.

Local Arab communities and involved authorities agree with research citing strong evidence that that sports participation reduces crime, violence and anti-social behaviour. Tennis teaches team spirit and confidence, coordination and concentration, commitment and discipline   It teaches good manners, with silence on the court and respect for the opponent. 

The Freddie Krivine Initiative strives to capture the imaginations of kids of all backgrounds and skill levels – bringing together a coexistence community of Arab and Jewish parents, coaches, players, teachers and volunteers.Tennis is a sport for all ages, good for fitness;  it teaches the ability to think quickly and strategically, with our without a partner. Tennis strengthens bones and muscles.  Through tennis children learn how to become good athletes, as well as developing and maturing into the best versions of themselves.

We believe in creating a safe, positive, and welcoming environment for all young players up to the age of eighteen.  By focusing on play, building character and championing individual challenges, we empower players to grow and develop at their own pace. Our coaches are encouraged to give our children more than just tennis lessons, they also serve as examples of excellence and achievement and encourage self-esteem and confidence and create an environment where players are highly-focused, trusting of themselves and others, and able to grow as leaders. The coaches are also in close contact with the families of the players, promoting involvement in a shared society for those in the most isolated communities.

Freddie Krivine was a legend ❤️

Dr. Sireen MohsenBegan tennis aged 8 on Freddie's first coexistence team

It was an honour and privilege to know Freddie Krivine and to have catered for his fundraisers towards this wonderful project. Thank you Jane for carrying on with his legacy!

Fonda DubbSupporter

When I was a boy, people from the Freddie Krivine Foundation came to Fureidis in order to promote tennis among Arab and Israeli kids. Tennis changed my life course and I believe it can change the life course of other children

Pro tennis coach Ibrahim FahamnaBegan tennis aged 8 on Freddie's first coexistence team

The Freddie Krivine Foundation brings young people together regardless of their background or nationality. Tennis can encourage them to forget ‘divisions’ and also to have healthy lives. It is my pleasure, once again, to support this terrific initiative.

Sir Cliff RichardLegendary British pop singer

This has led to a transformation of a culture. Imagine, Arab girls, who would never have even dreamt of the chance, now want to learn tennis, some dreaming, no doubt, of becoming a professional

Ambassador Gershon GanChairman of the Freddie Krivine Initiative

You are a father to us; we will never forget you, and all you have done for Fureidis and Jisr a-Zarka.

Na'im FahamnaCostal village of Fureidis

All Anna's (Smashnova) success is Freddie's success! Without him, Anna's success would never have happened

Alex Smashanovafather of Anna, the highest ranking Israel woman player

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