The Freddie Krivine Initiative created a tennis tournament programme to develop skills and prepare children for matches and tournaments. Promising children from school and after school clubs are invited to stay on for a tennis training programme to develop their skills, prepare them for matches and tournaments.
The FKI projects take these teams, (between 6 to 10 boys and girls), to play with and against Jewish children in regional and national competitions, exposing many Jewish and Arab kids and their families to each other, for the first time as equals. Even young competitors have to maintain their own scores in Hebrew, which Arab children only start learning at the age of 9. These challenges help the children gain in confidence, using their Hebrew skills and an awareness that on and off the courts, they can be equal partners.