GB squads looking for net profits

January 22, 2009

Maccabiah Team GB have selected its netball squads for this summer’s Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Ten players have been selected for the senior squad with ages ranging from 18-35. With more than 30 applications for the juniors, two trial sessions were held last summer and a squad of 12 was selected.


Last chance

January 14, 2009

Team GB are looking for the last few players to complete their girls Under 18 football squad for July’s Maccabiah Games.

Manager Laurence Thorne and coach Jo Webber are seeking players born between 1991 and 1994 who are of a reasonable standard and have some experience playing regularly for their school or club.

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Brit pack targets gold

By Craig Silver, January 8, 2009

Maccabi GB have started preparations for this summer’s JCC Maccabi Games.

They are looking for athletes aged 13-16 to join the squad that will
compete in San Francisco from July 30 to August 9.

MGB plans to take a 30-strong delegation of players and managers to compete in boys Under 14 seven-a-side football, track and field, tennis, table tennis, golf and swimming.

The group will be headed by Valerie Herman and her partner Nicky Parnes. Herman said: “The Games are such a great experience to be involved in and we are really looking forward to going again this year.


Swimmer Robbie's Macedonia mission

By Danny Caro, December 30, 2008

Having missed out on a place at the Beijing Olympics by one second, Robbie Williams is on a mission to help Macedonia send a delegation to the Maccabiah Games for the first time.

Williams, 29, knows that with 200 Jews in the Balkan state, he will do well to find any home-grown talent to help boost the squad, but he is calling on Macedonians across the globe to get in touch.

The American-born swimmer works as a patents lawyer in London and hopes that his adopted nation can overcome financial problems to make their debut in Israel.


Zidane ref booked for Maccabiah

By Danny Caro, December 18, 2008

The Referee who sent off Zinedine Zidane at the 2006 World Cup final in Germany and Wayne Rooney at the 2004 Euro Championships, has been confirmed as a referee for next year’s 18th Maccabiah Games.

Argentinian Horacio Elizondo, 45, dismissed Zidane for headbutting Italy’s Marco Materazzi and Rooney for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho.

Confirmation of the appointment came following a meeting in Buenos Aires with Asaf Stolarz, Maccabiah Sports Department Director. Elizondo has agreed not to officiate at any matches involving Argentina.


£250k deal boosts GB athletes

December 11, 2008

Maccabi GB preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games have been boosted by a partnership with Village Hotels worth in the region of £250,000.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah in Israel in July 2009.

The squad selected is expected to be the largest ever to represent Maccabi GB in Israel with numbers exceeding 500.


GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.


Big Macc squeezed on funds

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

There are fears that next year's Jewish Olympics could be scaled down as a result of the credit crunch.

The latest financial crisis engulfing July's Maccabiah Games revolves around the failure of the organisers to raise sufficient sponsorship funds due to the global recession.


GB Masters to send the A-team

November 20, 2008

Team GB have named a 19-man Over 35s Masters squad for next year's 18th Maccabiah Games Chai.

The squad includes Oldham Athletic managing director Simon Corney and seven players from London Maccabi Lions. Faithfold contribute four players with another four from in and around Manchester.

Manager Darryl Lee said: "The GB Masters team has finished fourth in each of the three Maccabiah Masters competitions that have been held in 1997, 2001 and 2005. There has been a hard luck story every time but put simply, we have not been quite good enough.


Maccabiah could feel crunch, GB chief warns

By Danny Caro, November 6, 2008

David Pinnick, the head of delegation of Team GB, fears that top-class athletes could be lost to next year's Maccabiah Games because of the credit crunch.

Representatives from the 57 competing nations will meet at the next Maccabiah plenum in Israel in February. It is then that the number of participants from each delegation will be recorded, although Pinnick warns: "We won't know what is around the corner between February and the start of the Games in July. In 2001 we had the intifada but the event went ahead, albeit on a much smaller scale.