A healthy north is just the job

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

MAC­CABI GB is spread­ing its health con­scious wings to the north with the ap­point­ment of Oliver Grant as its first re­gional sports devel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor, in part­ner­ship with UJIA.

Mr Grant — who has spent the past year work­ing for Street­wise as north­ern project worker — will en­gage with com­mu­ni­ties from Birm­ing­ham to Scot­land pro­mot­ing sport, health and well-be­ing. One of his first tasks will be to help in­crease sports ac­tiv­i­ties at the Zone youth cen­tre in Leeds.

He has a long-time in­volve­ment in Jewish sport, hav­ing played foot­ball for Manch­ester Mac­cabi, which he still rep­re­sents.

Mr Grant said that his new role will have par­al­lels with his Street­wise work in as­sist­ing “the per­sonal devel­op­ment of a child. Tech­nol­ogy has taken over chil­dren’s lives so they may be in­side more and they may get only an hour of PE at school.”

His aim is to es­tab­lish reg­u­lar pro­gram­ming at the clubs within his re­gion geared to­wards healthy liv­ing, stress­ing that the sport­ing side will not just be about foot­ball. “I want to reach all ages, boys and girls. If a child is not in­ter­ested in foot­ball, we can find them an ac­tiv­ity they will like.”

Oliver Grant

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