The Polish-Palestinian Football Academy was established in a refugee camp near Ramallah, on the territory of the Palestinian National Authority, thanks to financial support of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as part of the 2018 Polish Aid development cooperation programme.
The young football team will soon visit Poland. At the invitation of the European Club League Tournament, they will participate in the “Pensjonaty Api Cup” international event in Zakopane. Moreover, a number of attractions await them, including a tour of the National Stadium in Warsaw.
The Polish-Palestinian Football Academy was set up at Amari refugee camp in Ramallah in 2016. The idea behind the project was to create an educational centre where children could develop their skills. Thanks to the efforts of the Polish Representation in Ramallah, boys aged 6-12 have been able to play football. For many of them, it is the only activity besides school.
The Academy operates alongside the Markaz Shabab Al-Am’ari sports club. In the conflict area, the centre also plays a social role by helping camp residents to cope with the omnipresent violence. Refugee camps in the West Bank were created in the late 1940s in the wake of the Israeli-Arab war. Living conditions are very harsh, with a trip to Poland being the only opportunity for young players to experience a different reality.