The Jewish Chronicle

Maccabi GB expands Langdon partnershi­p

- BY JORDAN SAPLER Jordan Sapler is Maccabi GB school and sports manager

MACCABI GB and Langdon have a long and proud history of working together. The Maccabi GB Challenge Israel Tour, a unique trip for young people with mild to moderate learning disabiliti­es, has been running once every two years for more than two decades, with many participan­ts from Langdon College. In June 2012, Langdon hosted a reception with Maccabi GB to formally open Maccabi House, Langdon’s drop-in community centre in Edgware. Langdon has also been a key partner in Maccabi GB Mitzvah Day football matches and worked closely with younger Langdon members at afterschoo­l clubs and half term schemes.

Towards the end of last year, we started working with Langdon FC, to provide coaching and match-day management. While unable to play, it was decided to keep the team together with weekly Zoom discussion­s and, from these, the Maccabi GB and Langdon Football Chat group was born. We meet every Monday night to discuss the weekend’s games and make our prediction­s for the key games of the week ahead. Full of strong opinions and a huge amount of football knowledge, the group has become one of the highlights of my week.

Alongside the Football Chat, we have taken part in one of the Langdon Coffee Chats on Zoom. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking to 30 of Langdon’s members about the partnershi­p between Maccabi GB and Langdon and ways to keep healthy and active during lockdown.

For young members, we provide sports sessions and fun games via Zoom. We have managed to keep these sessions running in lockdown, engaging eight to 12 members each time in fitness-based sessions and team games.

This is the beginning of a widerreach­ing long-term partnershi­p between Maccabi GB and Langdon and one we are excited to develop further.

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Langdon on the pitch

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