In recent years, there has been an increased awareness regarding the importance of sports facilities and their contribution to society. Sports facilities provide a positive focus for daily activities for children, youth and adults, and are in great demand for extra-curricular activities, competitive-team practices and regional competitions. In development towns and weak sectors of society, such facilities also provide an opportunity for relieving distress and closing social gaps. In particular, sports activities are frequently a channel for improving the situation of youth at risk.
At the beginning of 2005, the Clore Israel Foundation initiated a project aimed at upgrading community sports facilities throughout Israel. The facilities range from large-scale municipal football fields to modest school gyms. Over the years the project has developed, and now includes sports facilities in over 21 localities: Hatzor Haglilit, Tiberias, Tira, Lod, Ashdod, Kiryat Malachi, Rahat, Dimona, Beit Jann, Beit Shean, Nazareth, Nazareth Illit, Beit Shemesh, Kiryat Gat, Ashkelon, Mitzpe Ramon, Ofakim, Or Yehuda and more. The facilities that have been upgraded are, without exception, used by the community throughout the day and during evening hours, often seven days a week. This upgrade has clearly had a very significant impact on the quality of life of local residents.
The Clore Israel Foundation welcomes partnerships with other Foundations and philanthropists in this endeavour.