Brady Maccabi and Maccabi London Lions have today announced the merger of their two great historic clubs to become one incredible new club – Maccabi London FC (MLFC).
The newly created club will consist of 65 teams across ages 6 to 60+ years and an estimated 1,000+ registered players. This will include 3 competitive girls teams and an ambition to have a ladies first team in the near future. Maccabi London FC will be one of the largest, if not, the largest football club in Hertfordshire. It will rank as one of the top ten grassroots football clubs in the UK, and is believed to be the largest Jewish community football club in the world.
This new bigger, stronger and more efficient club, will provide the management team with the opportunity to move forward, and will enable them to plan for future investments in the Rowley Lane facilities. The club has a 5 year plan to improve and enlarge the most envied playing facilities, not only in the area, but also in the country for grassroots football. The target is to get as many teams as possible playing at Rowley Lane as quickly as possible. In addition, there are plans to take on another high quality local training facility which will allow further expansion for the club across all age groups. The club is committed to review and improve its current coaching curriculum and to create a well-formulated syllabus that works across the wide range of ages and abilities. MLFC intends to compete at the highest level, but also as broad as it needs to be to keep the community united, and to ensure that vital community bonds remain in place.
Long-standing London Lions sponsor, The Alan Mattey Charitable Trust, will continue to be associated with the newly formed Maccabi London FC, and will be the main kit sponsor for the newly formed club. All Maccabi London FC teams will wear a brand new kit from the start of the 2019/20 season, supplied by new kit supplier, Joma.
All teams Under 11 and above will continue to use the Brady and Lions names whilst the transition to the new club takes place. Former Brady Maccabi teams will play under the name ‘Maccabi London FC Brady’, and former London Lions teams will play under the name ‘Maccabi London FC Lions.’ There is no intention to have players moving between the Lions and Brady teams in these age groups. The priority is to ensure stability and continuity for these teams with no interruption to the current journeys of the teams in these year groups. Teams from Under 10 and below will all play under the ‘Maccabi London FC’ name from the outset of the 2019/20 season. Over time, it is the intention that all age groups will play under the ‘Maccabi London FC’ name.
MLFC U7-12 trials will take place next week 1st -4th April as per the previously published London Lions dates. There will be no trials for age groups U13 and above. Those interested in joining MLFC next season will be invited to join training sessions over the remainder of the season.
Andy Landsberg, former Chairman of London Lions will take the position of MLFC Chairman. Joel Nathan, former Chairman of Brady Maccabi, will be Vice Chairman. They will be supported by Executive Committee members Ben Lane, David Hyman, and Lee Glassar. Lucy Barker will be the Club Welfare Officer and Nigel Burns will be Club Secretary. Sarah Koffman, Louise Shaw and Issy Rock will assume responsibility for managing the back office functions. London Lions Club President, David Kyte and Brady Maccabi President David Jacobs will continue in their roles and will become Life Presidents of Maccabi London FC.
Andy Landsberg, Chairman of MLFC said: “MLFC will be a club for our community. A club deeply rooted in London Jewry. A club that is a not for profit organisation. A club capable of competing with commercial organisations. A club providing the social environment to foster Judaism within our community. We have a responsibility to ensure the longevity and sustainability of what will be a very special football club.”
Joel Nathan, Vice Chairman of MLFC said: “ I am excited and enthusiastic as I know that the merger of these two great clubs will create quite possibly the largest Jewish football club in the world but also, more importantly given the Brady history, make MLFC a pivotal organisation within the community generally and renew the spirit of Brady and Maccabiah for decades to come. That for me is the most positive outcome of all.”
All club information will be communicated on the new club website www.mlfc.co.uk.