Maccabi GB host latest ‘evening in’ event with owner of Saracens FC Nigel Wray
Thursday 22nd July, London – On Tuesday 20th July Maccabi GB hosted the latest in its series of ‘evening in…’ events with Nigel Wray, Entrepreneurial investor in many start-ups and together with his family owns Saracens FC, Professional and European Rugby Club champions. Nigel was interviewed by BBC Sports broadcaster Rob Nothman.
Nigel Wray is best known to many for being the Chairman of European Champion Rugby Club Saracens FC since the mid 1990’s. Nigel has also spent his years working and investing in many companies, including the very famous Domino’s Pizza where he was involved for 17 years with the company as a Non-Executive Director until July 2014.
Philip Lewis who attended the event commented, "Another great Maccabi GB event hosted by Rob Nothman. Listening to special guest Nigel Wray was a real treat for all of us sports fanatics. He is so down to earth and proves that common sense is such a vital quality in this complicated social media driven world. I really enjoyed listening to him."
During the evening, Nigel spoke of the importance of Sport. He spoke of how it is the greatest communicator to youth, bringing people together and quoting Nelson Mandela who said “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
Nigel shared how he has learnt so much from his role at Saracens FC, from focussing on people; creating a family atmosphere; ensuring you have good people around to the power of being in a team. He shared how the club have been on a journey and have experienced the highs, the lows and how he and his team are there to develop athletes throughout their careers.
Nigel spoke of the work at Saracens High School, which was set up by Saracens Sport Foundation, (from September they will have 1,000 pupils) which has a brilliant highly motivated staff team and like the Saracens Sport Foundation staff, have a real passion to benefit the lives of kids less advantaged.
Nigel also shared stories about his collection of memorabilia, that he has accumulated over the last 30 years, with over 7,000 items which are housed at StoneX Stadium, the National Sports Museum and Lords Cricket Ground. His collection includes an autograph book, with the signature of Jesse Owens and an adjacent signature of Joseph Goebbels which he describes as ‘good and evil’ and ‘an amazing coincidence’ that those signatures are placed together.
Nigel shared that he wants the collection to be enjoyed by everyone who visits the club and shares an interest in the artwork and pieces. Nigel has released a book on his collection named ‘The Priory Collection’ which details each piece he has collected over the years. The vast collection of jerseys, caps, hats, balls, paintings and other items, is one of the largest and most prestigious private collections in the world.
Nigel has been a supporter for many years of Maccabi GB and the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run, which takes place at StoneX Stadium, home of Saracens FC on Sunday 29th August. This year the Stadium will be also be home to the inaugural London Interfaith Fun Run taking place on Monday 30th August.