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Maccabi GB announces Futsal and Tennis Chairs and Head of Masters Football for the Pan Am Games

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

Maccabi GB are delighted to announce our Head of Masters Football, Futsal and Tennis Chairs for the Pan American Maccabi Games in Buenos Aires in 2023.

Daniel Jacobs, who most recently managed the Bronze Medal winning Masters 35 Football side at the Maccabiah Games this past summer, will become the Head of Masters Football for Team Maccabi GB at the Pan American Maccabi Games. The Games next winter will be Daniel’s 9th International Games, “Each is an experience to savour, but there’s something extra special about a Pan-Am,” said Daniel when speaking on his appointment. “The welcome, the different culture, the New Year heat, the intense competition – packaged into 10 unforgettable days. We’re keen to grow the group and to welcome those new to Masters football and to show them how much life there is left in these old dogs. I can’t encourage anyone enough to apply, even if to just come see what all the fuss is about and am especially keen for those who might want to take on managerial or coaching roles and help us develop the offering to the next groups.”

Head of Masters Football Daniel Jacobs at the Opening Ceremony

Lee Glassar’s International Games debut was a historic occasion as he won Bronze with the Open Futsal team, the first Team Maccabi GB Open Futsal Team to win a medal at a Maccabiah Games this century. Following on from his success in the summer, he will take on the position of Futsal Chair for the Pan American Maccabi Games “I was thrilled to even be considered for the role of Chair of Futsal for the Pan Am games next year. Maccabiah was a lot, before during and after, so to have all my efforts acknowledged and rewarded is very special,” said Lee on his appointment. “I’m super grateful to the Organising Committee for ratifying my appointment and have already hit the ground running. There’s no time to delay. I intend to offer all help I can to the futsal managers & athletes and if I can be half as good as Laurence Myers in the role I’ll be doing well. Huge shoes to fill.”

Futsal Chair Lee Glassar celebrates his Bronze Medal at the 21st Maccabiah Games

Stephen Joseph and Amanda Nathan will be the Joint Tennis Chairs. For Stephen it will be his sixth International Games, but his first Pan American. His first experience at a Games came 29 years ago as an athlete at the 14th Maccabiah Games. “It was an honour to be asked again to Chair the tennis squad especially as this will be my first experience at a Pan American Games. Having just returned from the Maccabiah Games in Israel, which is always a special event. I’m now looking forward to putting a team together for both the Open and Masters age groups.” Joining Stephen as Chair will be Amanda Nathan who will be participating in her third International Games and first Pan American. “I was delighted and honoured to be asked to be the Tennis Co-Chair for the Pan American Games with Stephen Joseph,” said Amanda speaking on the role. I have previously taken part in one European Maccabi Games and one Maccabiah and had the most amazing experiences. My son played in the U18s Futsal in Israel this Summer and watching him and seeing what it gave him has only made me want to get more involved.”

Tennis Chairs Stephen Joseph (left) and Amanda Nathan (right) at the 2019 European Maccabi Games

Team Maccabi GB General Team Manager for the 2023 Pan American Maccabi Games Andrew Myers spoke on the appointments, “The appointments of Amanda (who joins Stephen in Tennis), Daniel (Masters Football) and Lee (Futsal) show that there is now a really established pathway throughout the management team which is something that we feel is fundamental to the future success of what we are trying to achieve. We want the athletes of the past and the present to be the leaders of the future. We know that each of these chairs will reach out to their respective sports ecosystems and create a fantastic experience for their squads both in the run up to and in Argentina at the end of 2023 and through to Israel in 2025.”

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