Maccabi GB, in partnership with UJIA and the Jewish Chronicle, is delighted to announce the U16 Boys Football squad who will represent Great Britain at the 2019 European Maccabi Games in Budapest, Hungary.
The selection comes after months of training under the management of Danny Schweiger, Mark Stewart, Sammy Kingston and Steve Grenfell, who between them have represented Maccabi Great Britain an incredible 25 times at international games!
On the selection process, Schweiger said, “We are delighted with the squad we have assembled and the professionalism they have shown over the last few months. There is a fantastic balance of experience and first time Maccabi Games excitement which we are confident will prove successful. We are hoping the experiences Zack Cohen, Tyler Gordon and Aaron Cowland had at the Maccabi Youth Games in 2018, along with the incredible time Ben Barnett, Joe Bregman, Scott Leslie and Josh Ruff had at the JCC Maccabi Games also in 2018 will prove invaluable. The key pillars have been laid ensuring that not only the boys have a chance of winning gold but equally important, that they further connect with their own Jewish identities and meet lifelong Jewish friends from other countries.”
Speaking about their aims for the European Maccabi Games, Stewart said, “Our main aim for the tournament is to win gold! But, we want the team to do it in the right way - by playing some great football, making lasting friendships, educating them on past and present Hungarian Judaism and taking great memories away with them. We also want the players (and us as management) to learn from the experience, to help them in future Maccabi Games.”
Kingston added, “My last European Maccabi Games was in Vienna in 2011, 8 years ago, so to be able to represent Maccabi GB on the European stage in what will be the biggest EMG as a manager is something I cannot wait for. The feeling of representing your country and community is indescribable. To be able to walk out as a proud British Jew and represent Great Britain in any capacity is something very special to me. As a manager it’s exciting to be able to pass on my experience to those who haven't yet had that feeling and I cannot wait to share that experience as a squad together.”
The squad is as follows:
Managers: Danny Schweiger, Mark Stewart
Assistant Manager: Sammy Kingston
Coach: Steve Grenfell
Zack Cohen (VC)
Scott Leslie (C)
Gideon Pliener (VC)
Jasper Van Veen
Team Maccabi GB will be competing alongside 3,000 other Jewish athletes from across Europe and Israel, Australia and America from 28th July – 7th August 2019.
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