The Israel Tennis Center-Kiryat Shmona was founded in 1979 and includes 8 illuminated courts, three of them all-weather indoor courts, a large practice wall, fitness room, showers and restrooms, television room, bomb shelter and a racquet stringing service station.
HistoryLocated on the Lebanese border in the Galilee, the city of Kiryat Shmona was founded in 1949 by Jewish settlers from Marocco. Throughout the 1950's and 1960's, many Olim from Asia and Northern Africa helped turn Kiryat Shmona into Northern Galilee's central hub for industry, commerce and health services. The city is located in one of Israel's most beautiful areas, just a short driving distance away from lush green forests and magnificent mountain ridges. Especially impressive is Manara Park; located on the outskirts of Kiryat Shmona, visitors can ride cable cars to the top of Naftali Ridge while enjoying an enchanting view of the Galilee and Golan Height's valleys and mountains. Unfortunately, renmants of conflict and war are evident amongst the beauty of the Kiryat Shmona area. The children and teens of Kiryat Shmona and the nearby areas face the daily anxiety which comes with living close to the Lebanese border. As Shaul Zohar, the Manager of the Israel Tennis Center in Kiryat Shmona, recalls from his own childhood in Kiryat Shmona, the tension and pressures that comes along with not knowing "when the next bomb will fall" can become unbearable.
|Address||Gibor Junction, P.O. Box 290|
|Operating hours||Sunday - Thursday 8.00 to 22.00 Friday 8.00 to 14.00 Saturday 8.00 to 15.00|
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The ITC's longest standing manager, Shaul Zohar was born and raised in Kiryat Shmona. He was introduced to tennis at the age of 15, when he took part in a tennis class with his school. Shaul couldn't afford to buy a racket, so he had to borrow one from the school. One day, his coach, Amos Neve, decided to give him one as a gift. That day has stayed in his memory and has shaped Shaul's desire to help people through tennis. After finishing his military service and graduating from the Tel Hai College, Shaul became a coach at the ITC -Kiryat Shmona. Five years later, in 1988, he became the manager and since then, he has worked tirelessly to give every child the opportunity to play tennis.