Managers target success on and off football pitch
FOOTBALL MACCABI GB have finalised their first squad — U16 boys’ football — who will compete at the European Maccabi Games in Budapest next summer.
Joint-managers Danny Schweiger and Mark Stewart have worked closely with assistant-manager Sammy Kingston and coach Steve Grenfell, who between them have represented MGB 25 times at international competitions.
Schweiger said: “Competing at a Maccabiah or EMG is the pinnacle for any Jewish sportsperson. We never thought the selection process would be so difficult but, with more than 70 very talented boys at our trials, we had a huge task on our hands to select a squad.
“Our group has a great mix and we are delighted we have representation from Leeds and Manchester.”
MGB will be competing alongside 1,500 other Jewish athletes from across Europe and Israel, as well as guest delegations from Australia and America.
“Ultimately we want our team to bring home the gold medal,” remarked Stewart. “In the build-up though, we want the squad to have an incredible experience, working together for a common goal in a tournament that will undoubt- edly change their lives in many ways. We hope that each player in the squad will come home from the tournament with a stronger understanding of themselves as a footballer, having made lifelong friendships and a deeper connection to their Jewish Identity.”
Joseph Abrahams, Ben Barnett, Solly Bradley, Joseph Bregman, Jason Burns, Zack Cohen, Aaron Cowland, Sam Goldberg, Tyler Gordon, Scott Leslie, Zack Miller, Daniel Misrahi, Gideon Pliener, Jonah Rose, Joshua Ruff, Jesse Tapnack, Jasper Van Veen, Ben Werter. Danny Schweiger, Mark Stewart,