Old­ham head­ing for pre-sea­son in the Holy Land

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

CoCa Cola League one side old­ham ath­letic are set to em­bark on a pre-sea­son tour of Is­rael July next year.

Manag­ing Di­rec­tor and co-owner Si­mon Cor­ney, who sug­gested the idea to the club’s man­ager John Sheri­dan, is adamant to show the team that Is­rael is a safe coun­try but, most im­por­tantly, a na­tion that re­mains “in love” with its foot­ball.

The side will be­gin a week’s tour of the coun­try on July 24. They will come up against Is­raeli Pre­miere League’s Mac­cabi Haifa, Mac­cabi Tel aviv and one other side yet to be con­firmed.

Cor­ney said he thought of the idea af­ter a trip with his fa­ther to Tel aviv. He said: “I started the ball rolling af­ter I came back home from the trip last year and spoke to the other owner at old­ham, Si­mon Blitz. We both agreed and wanted to take the play­ers over there and now hope ev­ery­thing will be ar­ranged soon.”

How­ever,prepar­ing­foranew­foot­ball sea­son is not the only rea­son Cor­ney wants to take the team to the Holy Land. He is also ar­rang­ing spe­cial trips for the play­ers to the var­i­ous land­marks, which in­cludes Yad Vashem.

“We spoke with the man­ager who said they would all love to go. It’s great to see peo­ple’s re­ac­tions when they first visit Is­rael, they be­come crazy about it and amazed by what a place it is.

“Clubs go to Spain or Por­tu­gal for their pre-sea­son tours, that’s fine but I think this is go­ing to be even more worth­while.”

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