40th Anniversary
Pierre Gildesgame Tournament
Copenhagen 2019

Pierre Gildesgame Tournament (PGT) is a youth football tournament that gathers Jewish youth from Scandinavia along with other countries for four days of football and social events. It is the biggest single event gathering the biggest number of Jewish youths in Scandinavia. 

Our Values

PGT is a football tournament, but it is not only a football tournament. It combines competitive sport with fair play, friendship and focuses on the social bond that binds the long weekend.

The smaller age groups play without score. The players of course know who is winning, but  the coaches are not focusing on winning, but rather on playing football, and sharing the joy of the game.

If a specific city do not have enough plays for a specific age group , we encourage the other cities to join forces. This opens up for smaller communities to be able to participate, but most of all creates new friendships that cross borders, and this is what PGT is all about.

Fair Play

Sportsmanship

Friendship

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We want to make it possible for everyone to participate, therefore we keep the participation fee at the lowest cost possible. Though the event is depending massively on volunteers helping free of charge, making such an event possible still costs a lot of money. We have created attractive sponsor packages that bundles together both great value and massive exposure to your brand and company.

If you are a private person and not a company nor businesses, you can still contribute with any amount you wish to offer through our crowdfunding site – just click here

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The Story of Pierre Gildesgame Tournament

It all started back in 1979 in the Swedish capital Stockholm all covered in snow, when Makkabi Stockholm invited sister clubs Hakoah Gothenburg, Hakoah Malmoe and Hakoah Copenhagen for a friendly youth tournament in football – “Makkabi Cup”. The following year Copenhagen reciprocated the invitation, slightly altering the name to “Maccabi Cup” in 1980. A tradition had thus been born.

The tournament has been held annually every spring ever since, and within a couple of years our friends from Maccabi Helsinki also joined the tournament, and a new member of the Maccabi family was even founded in Norway, in order for Maccabi Oslo to become a part of the gathering. The member cities of the tournament take turns to host the event, and today the members include all of the mentioned cities, yet today even Makkabi Estonia has also joined the fun as a full member.

In 1981, former president Pierre Gildesgame of the Maccabi World Union, the global mother organization of Jewish sports clubs in Europe, sadly passed away in a car accident. This led to the renaming of the tournament in his honor, in the middle of the 1980s. Today every Jewish kid in Scandinavia knows about PGT – the Pierre Gildesgame Tournament.

Throughout the years, Jewish teams from outside the traditional members of the PGT-family have been asked to join the tournament. Teams from Saint Petersburg, Riga, Antwerp and Frankfurt have joined the games. Last year’s host city, Maccabi Oslo, decided for the second time under their hosting to ask the regional council of Eshkol in Israel, to send a team. It is a magnificent opportunity for Jewish youth in Scandinavia to meet and socialize with youth from Israel. Copenhagen, the annual host city, has decided to pick up on this initiative from Oslo, once more inviting kids from Eshkol in Israel to join.

Originally, the boys and girls participating in the tournament travelled abroad without their parents in the company of team leaders. Accommodation was provided either by the relevant Jewish Community or privately. In the last couple of years, younger kids than in the past also play games at the tournament, accompanied by their parents and siblings. Families tend to stay at hotels. In total, this has significantly raised the overall amount of people joining the event.

At last year’s event in Oslo, more than 350 kids participated, and the same amount of leaders, parents and siblings joined the games. The Chairman of the Jewish Community in Oslo went as far as saying, “that it was the highest number of Jews ever gathered for a single event in Norway”.

In the spring of 2019, Hakoah Copenhagen expect the same amount of participants. Five different age groups will be competing, ranging from the ages of seven to sixteen, for both boys and girls.