Mac­cabi on board for Olympics

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

Mac­cabi GB has be­come the first char­ity in the Jewish com­mu­nity to be granted the In­spire Mark — the badge of the Lon­don 2012 In­spire Pro­gramme — for their sports tour­na­ments and clubs.

The pro­gramme recog­nises in­no­va­tive and ex­cep­tional projects that are di­rectly in­spired by the 2012 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games.

Seb Coe, Chair of the Lon­don Or­gan­is­ingCom­mit­teeof theO­lympi­can­dPar­a­lympic Games, said: “We want to use the power of the Games to in­spire change. The In­spire pro­gramme is recog­nis­ing the work our part­ners all around the UK are do­ing to help us achieve this vi­sion now – 11 months away from the start of the Games.

“I con­grat­u­late ev­ery­one in­volved in the Mac­cabi GB sports tour­na­ments and clubs for se­cur­ing the In­spire mark and wish them ev­ery suc­cess with their work.”

Mac­cabi’s School Sports Pro­gramme en­gages more than 1,000 young peo­ple a week in a range of sports pro­grammes and af­ter-school clubs in pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, bring­ing young Jewish peo­ple to­gether and pro­mot­ing a healthy life­style.

The pro­gramme also de­liv­ers more than 30 sports tour­na­ments a year, and in 2010 these tour­na­ments en­gaged more than 3,000 young peo­ple.

Martin Ber­liner, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the char­ity, said: “It is en­cour­ag­ing to see that Mac­cabi GB can play a part in such an im­por­tant na­tional event as the Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games.”

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