Name: Elijah Golding
Team: Inter Aliyah White
Originally from: London, UK
Favourite team: Tottenham Hotspur
Football Idol: Ledley King
Fun Fact: Elijah spent two years in the development academy of his boyhood club, Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs' loss is most certainly Inter Aliyah's gain!!
''Pretty much from the moment I first learned how to walk, I had a football between my feet so it's easy to understand what a big part of my life the sport has always had.
''I first began to play football competitively at the age of seven for my local Jewish football team and have continued to do so every year since. Football always ran in my family's DNA and for generations, my family had always been big contributors to Jewish football in the UK.
Elijah (back row, sixth from the right) prior to the INTERCLASICO
''My late grandfather had a large role in the set up of the AJY League and after he passed they named the Bill Orkin Cup after him for all his contributions to Jewish sport in England.
''I first came to Israel on my gap year after finishing school and had the most wonderful experience, I met some amazing people from all over the world and was taken by the sense of unity and togetherness that the people in this country had. After the year was over, I decided to make Aliyah and the rest is history.
Elijah as of part of a winning team during the Wednesday tournament
''At the moment I am living and working in Herzliya. I work at a Cyber-Tech start-up that helps programmers and developers break into the fields of Cyber/Information Security.
''But what I am better known for in Israel is for working in Tel Aviv nightlife for many different clubs, bars and events for Internationals in Israel, which I did for about 3/4 years until COVID hit.
Elijah (bottom row, second from the left) at an Inter White social event
''I heard about Inter Aliyah through Matt Keston, who is now my manager for Inter White.
''I distinctly remember meeting Matt on Gordon Beach a few years back, we had a nice chat, exchanged numbers and I ended up helping him and his friends into a couple of parties at Shalvata that summer and we kept in touch.
Elijah during his days at Spurs' academy!!
''Last year I saw a story of him playing football and enquired a bit more about the group he was playing football with, he explained to me a bit about Inter Aliyah and I was immediately hooked.
''I brought a group of my close friends to their Wednesday tournaments and we loved it. Cheers Matt!!
Elijah firing up his Inter White teammates before a league match
''To me, Inter Aliyah is more than just a club and you can feel that the moment you put your boots on.
''When I first joined earlier this year, I noticed just how dedicated and passionate Matt and Sam were about the club and its philosophy - and that right there sold it for me.
''From that moment, all I wanted to do was to play football with them and help the club in any way I could; both on and off the field.