Stuart Lustigman has had a 60-year association with the worldwide Maccabi Movement. He has served as Chairman of Maccabi Great Britain, Chairman of the European Maccabi Confederation, and Vice-Chairman of Maccabi World Union.
During the past six decades Stuart has participated in numerous events and programs, including eight quadrennial Maccabiah Games. He has been involved in grass roots soccer/football for more than a half-century and received an award from the English Football Association in 2017 in recognition of 50 years of service to the sport. During these years, Stuart qualified as an FA coach and referee, and founded and chaired the Maccabi Primary Football League (1988) and the Maccabi Masters Football League (1999).
In 1990 Stuart was appointed Sports Director of Maccabi GB, elected Chairman 1991-1995, then Vice-President. He served as Chairman of the European Maccabi Confederation 2002–2010, Honorary President 2010–2015, and now is an Honorary Life President. He was a Vice-Chairman of the Maccabi World Union Executive 2002–2010. In 2009 he received the prestigious Yakir Award from Maccabi World Union in recognition of services to the Maccabi Movement.
Stuart was Team Manager for Great Britain at the 1987 and 1991 European Maccabi Games. He was also assistant Team Manager for Great Britain at the 13th Maccabiah in 1989, and GB Team Manager in 1993 and 1997. In 1998, Stuart was appointed Co-Chairman of the Maccabiah International Sports Committee, a position he held until 2006.
Stuart has served the Jewish and general community as a sports broadcaster for Spectrum Radio, as well as being a contributor to the Jewish News and Shalom newspaper. He was a ‘Gamesmaker’ volunteer at the London Paralympics following the Olympic Games in 2012.
In 2000, Stuart organized a football tour to Israel for 30 youngsters from London and Manchester aged 12/13 years old. Between 2002 and 2019 he organized nine tours to Israel for Veteran footballers and 10 tours for Lawn Bowlers. These tours are among the 41 international events in which Stuart has been involved, including World Maccabiah and European Maccabi Games, JCC Games, PanAm Maccabi Games, and Maccabi Australia International Games.
In February 1991, during the scud attacks from Iraq, Stuart was one of 9 individuals from Maccabi GB who volunteered to travel to Israel in a mission of solidarity organized by MWU. The visit was acclaimed by Israeli authorities and included meetings with Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and other high-ranking government and military officials.