The first of 30 such pitches planned for the country was opened at the national park in Ramat Gan, in a ceremony attended by UEFA Executive Committee member Marios N Lefkaritis (Cyprus), UEFA's national associations director Jacob Erel, Israel's education, culture and sports minister Limor Livnat, Israel Football Association chairman Itzhak Menahem and Ramat Gan mayor Tzvi Bar.
"The mini-pitch is here to remind us all that professional football begins at and depends on the grassroots level and it is a great donation to the community," said Menahem.
UEFA's HatTrick Board is offering a prototype mini-pitch to each UEFA member association to commemorate the European body's Golden Jubilee last year. The mini-pitch in question should be installed near to the association's headquarters and possibly close to, or on the premises of, a school.
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