Sports for Girls at TIPH-Sponsored Community Centre

During the month of July TIPH is supporting a series of summer camps for children in Hebron. One of the camps is for girls aged 6 to 12 in the newly opened Tariq Ibn Ziad Sport Centre in the Old City. The Center is partially funded by TIPH and run by Hebron Municipality.

During the month of July TIPH is supporting a series of summer camps for children in Hebron. One of the camps is for girls aged 6 to 12 in the newly opened Tariq bin Ziad Sport Centre in the Old City. The Center is partially funded by TIPH and run by Hebron Municipality.  

More than 70 girls get the chance to learn how to swim during this two weeks summer camp. Gymnastics and various creative activities are also part of the program. When TIPHs visited the summer camp on Saturday, the girls had finished the morning swimming lessons and two groups were engaged in gymnastics and one group was occupied with painting and drawing. The manager of the sports centre, Raja’i Salaymeh, told TIPH that 30 per cent of the girls already had learned to swim and that the aim was that the majority should have learned basic swimming skills during the camp. For most of the girls this is the first time they experience being in a swimming pool.

— An important condition for funding this sports centre was that it will benefit the whole population in this neighbourhood, men and women and boys and girls alike. In the beginning few women and girls used the sports centre. TIPH therefore organized an orientation day for women and girls and now this training for girls. The centre also provides swimming suits and t-shirts for gymnastics for the participants of this summer camp, says Kathrine Fauske, head of the TIPH Research, Analysis and Information Division.

24 July 2011