Greens to lead GB at JCC Games for fifth time
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Maccabi GB have confirmed that Brian Green and Helena Green will lead the Team GB Delegation for the JCC Maccabi Games in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in August 2014.
The husband-and-wife team will be overseeing their fifth consecutive JCC squad, having first been appointed to the role in 2010.
Brian Green will also be able to draw on his 35 years of experience managing youth sports teams. He was Team GB’s Junior Team Manager at the European Maccabi Games in Rome (2007) and Vienna (2011) and Sports Chair for Junior Football/Futsal at the last two Maccabiah World Games in Israel.
Maccabi GB will be looking to build on the success of this summer’s JCC Maccabi Games, where the Delegation returned from Orange County, California, with a record-breaking 108 medals.
Brian Green said: "It is an absolute honour for Helena and I to be Heads of Delegation for the next JCC Maccabi Games. It has always been our aim to give as many Jewish kids as possible an opportunity to represent Maccabi GB in an international sports tournament, where they can get a taste of sporting competition alongside meeting other young, Jewish athletes from other countries.
"This will be our fifth JCC Maccabi Games as Delegation Heads and it has been very encouraging seeing the participation numbers of British athletes grow from 34 [in Denver in 2010] to 77 this summer in Orange County. In 2014 we anticipate taking in excess of 70 kids aged between 13 to 16 in eight different sports."
Speaking about his expectations for the Games, Green added: "Our overriding goal is to see the participants competing to the best of their abilities on the field of play, and to develop friendships off it.
"The greatest testament we can give from being involved for all these years is that so many kids wish to return to compete again.
"The JCC Maccabi Games is the perfect platform to launch sporting careers of many young, Jewish athletes."
The JCC Maccabi Games is an annual event held in America for Jewish athletes that fall into the U13-U16 category. Next summer it will be held from August 7-18.
Maccabi GB is currently accepting applicants to represent Team GB, as an athlete or Coach/Manager, in the following disciplines – Football (Girls and Boys), Lacrosse (Girls), Swimming (Girls and Boys), Tennis (Girls and Boys), Table Tennis (Girls and Boys), Track & Field (Girls and Boys) and Dance (Girls). All Coaches/Managers must be over the age of 21.