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England football coach Sven Goran Eriksson and his Jewish girlfriend Nancy Dell’Olio are to make a donation to the Peres Centre for Peace in Tel Aviv as part of their charity Truce.
The centre is named after Nobel Laureate and former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres
Using the international sport of football, Truce aims to develop understanding between Israeli and Palestinians and is urging people to "kick a ball for peace" on the United Nations annual peace day instead of war.
"Football is my life, like it or lump it,'' said lawyer Dell'Olio. "Since I've been involved I've seen the power of football and I don't think this power is used enough."
Money donated by Truce will be used towards a twinned Palestinian and Israeli schools sports programme and aims to help both sides understand the other. The donation will also be used to the building of floodlights on a 'Peace Pitch' in Jerusalem.
“Football is an international language that unites and brings people together,” England coach Eriksson said.
“The Peres Centre is doing a fantastic job breaking down barriers and promoting peace. Through Truce, Sven and myself, we are pleased to assist in the valuable work through the unifying power of football," Dell'Olio added.
For more information: www.truce.net and www.peres-center.org