Friday 7th October 2022, London –Maccabi GB are delighted to announce that Danny Schindler, Laurence Myers and Natalie Kenton will be the Assistant General Team Managers for the next Maccabiah and Pan American Maccabi Games.
The 2023 Pan American Games will be the 14th International Games that Assistant General Team Manager Danny Schindler will attend. Danny’s first experience of the games came at the European Maccabi Games in Marseille in 1991 as a member of the Open Football Squad. “Maccabi GB and the Maccabiah Games have given me 40 years of lifelong memories and friendships,” said Danny when speaking on his appointment. “It is great to be given the opportunity to help ensure the next generation have some of the same experiences. Having been part of the Games since 1991 and fulfilled the role of player, coach, manager, parent and Head of football at different times, I hope I am well equipped to contribute at a higher level and help other sports as well as football. Thanks to Maccabi GB and Andrew Myers for the opportunity and to Joel Nathan and Brian Green for the journey so far.”
(From Left to Right) Laurence Myers, Football Chair Daniel Reuben, Danny Schindler, and Andrew Myers at the 21st Maccabiah Games, July 2022
Natalie Kenton, newly appointed Trustee of Maccabi GB , is also very involved with the charity. A netball coach for nearly 15 years, Natalie is a dedicated volunteer for Maccabi GB, supporting all their netball events as well as managing a squad at the Maccabi Youth Games in 2018. At this year’s 21st Maccabiah Games, Natalie was Netball Chair as well as Manager of the Open Netball Team and played for the first ever GB Masters Netball team. “I am honoured to have been asked by Andrew to be an Assistant General Team Manager for the next Pan Am and Maccabiah Games,” said Natalie on her appointment. “Together with Laurence and Danny I think we will make a formidable team. It’s an exciting time to be part of Maccabi GB, where the focus is very much on expanding and updating what we do and how it’s done, for the benefit of our sporting community. Having watched an enormous growth in girls and women’s sport in the UK over recent years, my hope is that this is reflected in the forthcoming Games. I extremely grateful to Andrew & Maccabi GB for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to taking on the challenges ahead.”
Natalie Kenton (pictured in the front row, second from the left) was part of Team Maccabi GB's first ever Masters Netball squad at the 21st Maccabiah Games
The third and final Assistant General Team Manager, Laurence Myers is also no stranger to the International Games, serving most recently as the Futsal Chair at the 21st Maccabiah Games. Laurence’s debut at an International Games came at the Maccabiah Games in 2009 as a member of the Over 35s Futsal Squad; since he’s gone to manage Junior Futsal Squads at three games, as well as being Chair of Futsal at the last European Maccabi Games and Maccabiah. “I’m honoured and super excited to have been asked to be Assistant General Team Manager for the Pan Am Games and Maccabiah” said Laurence when speaking of his new role. “I know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us to emulate the amazing success of Joel and his team but I know it is going to be a lot of fun and working closely alongside Andrew for the next three years is going to be very special.”
Team Maccabi GB General Team Manager Andrew Myers gave his thoughts on the appointments: “I am so excited that Danny, Laurence and Natalie have agreed to be part of the senior management team for Buenos Aires 2023 and Israel 2025. They have already given so much to Jewish sport in their roles as heads of football, futsal and netball. We look forward to each bringing their own strong voice, ideas and complimentary skill-sets to enable Maccabi GB to deliver the best possible experience for the participants at the Games. I could not have wished for three better people to have on the journey with me.”