South Manch­ester new home can lead to big things

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

THEY SAY that all good things come to those who wait. Well, that was pre­cisely the case for the folk of South Manch­ester Mac­cabi Sports Club who, af­ter 13 years of try­ing, have fi­nally se­cured their own £1 mil­lion sports and com­mu­nity cen­tre.

The project, which will be named the Henry Guter­man Com­mu­nity Sports Cen­tre, was fi­nally given the green light af­ter grants to­talling £770,000 were re­ceived from the Foot­ball Foun­da­tion and Sport Eng­land.

Work be­gins early next month on the site which is due to open by the mid­dle of next year. It will house a pavil­ion will con­tain four chang­ing rooms, a lounge area and a phys­io­ther­apy room.

Among their fine crop of sports­men, South Manch­ester Mac­cabi’s houses Michael Fil­son, one of the top all-round Jewish sport­ing tal­ents in the coun­try, and Akiva Lieber­man, one of the most promis­ing crick­eters to have come out of the area in re­cent years.

And much to the de­light of chair­man Jonny Davis, the new club will put the club on more of an even play­ing field with neigh­bours Manch­ester Mac­cabi’s Brook­lands.

The new Mac­cabi GB Pri­mary League kicked-off in sun­shine last week­end with 10 matches fea­tur­ing more than 60 goals and five hat-tricks. Fol­low­ing the demise of the AJY, the new set-up came as a huge re­lief to foot­ball-crazy chil­dren and their fam­i­lies keen to keep them in­volved in a Jewish sport­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Mon­tana Boca United have se­cured two ma­jor spon­sor­ship deals, the first be­ing a re­newal of the main shirt spon­sor­ship with Foot­bal­lAu­ Manag­ing Di­rec­tor Jonny Gould was happy to ex­tend their deal into a fourth year. Mon­tana’s Nick Good­maker has also se­cured a secondary spon­sor­ship deal with ESPN, for the club’s B team for the sea­son. He said: “Fol­low­ing their se­cur- ing of Premier League broad­cast rights in the UK back in June, the cor­po­ra­tion are now looking at op­por­tu­ni­ties within grass­roots level foot­ball and were happy to come on board as a club spon­sor.”

A meet­ing aimed at se­cur­ing the long-term fu­ture of Jewish cricket will be held in Hen­don on Novem­ber 23 when Mac­cabi Cricket GB chair­man Richard Mitchell out­lines a set of new ini­tia­tives and pro­pos­als. The AGM will also host the elec­tion of a new com­mit­tee and struc­ture. Mitchell said: “It will come as no sur­prise to some that Jewish cricket is at a cross­roads and as such needs to rev­o­lu­tionise it­self in or­der to sur­vive and in the longer term grow back to the lev­els it once en­joyed. In or­der to do this, sev­eral new ini­tia­tives will be pre­sented at the meet­ing for dis­cus­sion, and Mac­cabi Cricket GB will be looking to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the size of its com­mit­tee from the small work­ing com­mit­tee it cur­rently op­er­ates de­pend­ing on the out­come and re­sponse.”

Win­gate & Finch­ley’s Cap­i­tal League side con­tin­ues to be a breed­ing ground for ex­cit­ing Jewish prospects. Eliot Green, Harry Hatch­well and Max Martin, who rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain at July’s Mac­cabiah, have caught the eye. Within the Un­der 16 cen­tre of ex­cel­lence side, Seb Gar­ber and David Smouha are de­vel­op­ing well and the Un­der 15 team has a strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion with four prospects in Cal­lum Miller, Joseph Sharpe , Ryan Sell­ers and Sam Singer three of which have all ei­ther been with clubs in­clud­ing Crys­tal Palace , QPR and Spurs.

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