Spurs starlet leads GB medal bid as first girls squad looks to impress

By Jay Grenby, November 27, 2008

Spurs academy player Aimee Garsin-Rose is the most high profile selection in Team GB's 15-player girls Under 18 football squad for next year's Maccabiah Games Chai.

Managed by Laurence Thorne, the 2009 Games will feature a female GB football team for the first time.
The basis of the squad originates from a group who represented GB at the Detroit JCC Maccabi Games in August last year. Five other members represent Harvesters.

Michaela Green, 13, is the youngest member of the squad. The Yavneh College pupil required special dispensation from the event organisers, who have agreed her eligibility for participation, despite the fact that she is below the stipulated minimum age limit.

"It's a dream come true," said Green of St. Albans. "The thought of walking out at the opening ceremony behind the Union Jack, in front of more than 50,000 people and live on Israeli TV gives me goose bumps. I can't wait."

Thorne said: "Our goal is to go and compete against fellow-minded girls from around the world and it is the responsibility for coach Jo Webber and I to build the stamina, skills and expectations of the GB squad over the coming months.

"We hope to mould a great set of girls into an inspiring footballing side."
There are still two places available to add to the squad for any girls born 1991 to 1994. For more details call Laurence Thorne on 07944 957945.

Squad: Gabriella Soffer, Dina Cohen, Emma Altman-Richer, Aimee Garsin-Rose, Joanna Jager, Lauren Besser, Michaela Green, Naomi Landaw, Samantha Miller, Sophie Lawrence, Stephanie Elek, Rachel Goodman, Hope Allsuch, Catherine Charles, Claudia Rack. Manager: Laurence Thorne, coach: Jo Webber

l GB's women's football squad has been hit by withdrawals and manager Brad Solomon is keen to secure four new players by January.

The squad includes Brentford goalkeeper Dana Lucas and 10 players from the Greater London League clubs as well as unattached players from Birmingham and the South East.

Solomon said: "It is our wish to go to Israel as a competitive unit and the commitment the current players are showing in training both on and off the pitch mirrors their desire. We are lacking depth in our squad and having only 14 guaranteed players leaves us vulnerable to injury.
For details, call Beverley at Maccabi GB on 020 8457 2333.


Last updated: 2:59pm, November 27 2008