Meet Natan Lekau - a 22-year-old residing in Migdal Ha’Emek - leading both boys’ and girls’ teams in his town. His coaching role is part of the esteemed Youth Futures Football Club, where he continues to inspire and empower children in his community.
From a young age, Natan’s passion for soccer ignited his spirit and his current position as a senior team member of Hapoel Migdal HaEmek is a testament to his dedication and skill.
However, his path wasn’t always smooth. Reflecting on his childhood, he recalls being a “hyperactive and restless child, struggling to find focus in class and getting in trouble.”
In third grade Natan joined the Keren Hayesod-UIA supported Youth Futures program at school. With the support of his mentor, he experienced remarkable personal growth and academic improvement, which instilled a newfound respect for his teachers and the aspiration to succeed.
His passion for working with children and honing their skills as a coach is truly palpable. As Natan puts it:
“Everyone comes with a different background, and you have to treat everyone sensitively. Each child is a world in its own right and this greatly satisfies and empowers me to be their role model.”
Natan’s story serves as a heart-warming reminder that with the right support and guidance dreams can be realised and lives transformed. Through his coaching, Natan is making a profound impact on the lives of these children, providing them with hope, guidance and the opportunity to thrive.
The Youth Futures Football Club operates across eight towns in Israel, including Migdal Haemek, Yokneam, Nof HaGilil, Matte Asher, Beit Shean, Acre, Nahariya and Lod. In each location, there are two groups consisting of both boys and girls from Jewish, Arab, and Haredi communities.
This club aims to provide a safe and inclusive space for children from diverse backgrounds to come together, break down barriers, create long-lasting friendships and enjoy the benefits of group sports activities.