Tuesday 23rd February – On Monday 22nd February Maccabi GB hosted the latest in its series of ‘evening in…’ events with Gary Lewin, former physiotherapist for Arsenal, West Ham, England National Football Team and the Maccabi GB Open Football Squad at Maccabi International Games. Gary was interviewed by BBC Sports broadcaster Rob Nothman.
Over 65 attendees from various age groups were inspired to hear about Gary’s decades of experience working in the Premier League and at International level, as well as stories from some of the biggest names in football, as well as his dedication to his profession, giving advice to aspiring physiotherapists.
Gary joined Arsenal Football Club as an apprentice professional footballer at the age of 16 in 1980. After being released from the club in 1982, Gary undertook the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy course at Guy’s Hospital of Physiotherapy. After qualifying in 1986, Lewin worked at Guy’s Hospital as a Junior Physiotherapist before returning to Arsenal Football Club in 1986 as First Team Physiotherapist. Between 1996 and 2016 Gary headed up the medical team at five FIFA World Cup Finals, four UEFA European Championship Finals and two FIFA Under 20 World Cup Finals. As part of his work for Arsenal Football Club, Gary was part of the plan and design team for the Arsenal Training centre which opened in 1999 as well as the Emirates Stadium which opened in 2006.
Gary reflected on his time working with the England National Football Team and how this gave him the opportunity to visit Auschwitz twice, which he describes as ‘one of the most emotional experiences I’ve ever had’. Although not Jewish himself, Gary was due to attend the 2017 Maccabiah Games but had to drop out due to a one-year contract with West Ham. He shared his experience however about attending the 2019 European Maccabi Games in Budapest, which he described as ‘The closest thing I have ever experienced outside professional football that is like a professional tournament’.
Maccabi GB Chairman David Pinnick commented ‘We were delighted to host the latest of our ‘evening in’ events with Gary Lewin. Gary has had an incredible career and it was fascinating to listen to some of the highlights. Gary has worked with Maccabi GB during two of our international events and we are honoured to be associated with such a high flying professional. We very much hope that Gary will be able to join us in Israel 2022 for the forthcoming Maccabiah Games. A special word of thanks also to Rob Nothman who once again put our guest in the interview spotlight’.
In 2019, Gary set up the Lewin Sports Injury Clinic in Essex. He works as a consultant physiotherapist for the Arsenal Women’s Team and is an affiliated tutor for the FA ATMMiF (Advanced Trauma Medical Management in Football) course.
Maccabi GB are looking forward to continuing the ‘evening in’ series with more names to be announced in the coming weeks.
Click here to watch a recording of the evening.