Man­agers tar­get suc­cess on and off foot­ball pitch

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY JC RE­PORTER

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.”

SQUAD:

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,

Sammy Kingston,

As­sis­tant-man­ager: Man­agers:

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Danny Sch­weiger

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