UJIA Sports Night 2017
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson spoke about his time as a footballer to over 160 sports fans at UJIA Sports Night 2017, and was candid about his personal struggles during an illustrious career.
When asked about his experiences by award winning LBC Scores presenter, Ian Payne, Merson explained, “I never look back and regret anything… life is life…we’re very grateful for what we have, and what we’ve got.”
Payne hosted the 5 round quiz at The Hive Stadium in Barnet, and Committee Chair Clive Nathan made the night’s appeal for UJIA. The event raised an incredible £95,000 for the Equalizer programme, a project in Israel that UJIA is so proud to support.
Equalizer is an amazing shared existence initiative that combines football training with extra academic support to give disadvantaged children a much better start in life. The children learn the values of tolerance and mutual respect, both on and off the pitch, and this is crucial in a region which is 55% Arab and 45% Jewish. The Equalizer programme is helping hundreds of Jewish, Arab, Druze and Christian children in Israel.
Team ‘Next Train’s Gone’ claimed the UJIA BDO Sports Quiz cup after an intense interactive quiz, beating 16 other teams on the way. Other activities included a Paul Merson raffle, which involved Paul moving to sit at the winning tables for a portion of the evening, a ‘guess what happens next’ game and a Silent Auction.
The event was sponsored by CBRE and BDO.
Photography: Raya Cottrell Photography