MacPlan 2015 released

February 11, 2015 by Leanne Shelton
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Presidents and representatives of Maccabi Clubs have met to discuss  exciting plans in store for Maccabi NSW in 2015.

MacPlan participants

MacPlan participants

Facilitated by Bruce Goldsmith, the MacPlan meeting included a presentation from Maccabi President Danny Hochberg on behalf of Maccabi NSW; Presentations from Maccabi partners, the JCA and MAI; and a guest presentation from FFA and Community identity Brian Schwartz. Workshops were conducted across all portfolios on the NSW committee in order to both inform and engage with the Presidents and set the agenda for the year ahead.

Maccabi NSW President, Danny Hochberg, said “The purpose of the day was to agree strategy and an action plan for 2015, for Maccabi NSW. The Clubs and their members are our constituents and our work is done on behalf of them. By agreeing on a common strategy, we can better achieve our objectives. Through MacPlan, we are beginning to understand each other better and work as a team.”

Some of the highlights included:

  • Maccabi NSW President, Danny Hochberg, provided an outline of the Maccabi NSW five-year plan, including the importance of Compliance Officers, and the continuation of Zero Tolerance and MacAid first aid training sessions. He also informed attendees about the future roles planned for the Maccabi NSW office, including a Football Administrator, Marketing Officer, and All Abilities Officer.
  • Deputy Chairman of Football Federation Australia, Brian Schwartz, spoke about leadership and referred to Socceroos coach, Ange Postecoglou, as a prime example – which proved to be very insightful and interesting.
  • JCA Head of Strategic Planning, Alain Hasson, provided highlights from the 2011 Jewish Population of NSW Census. (Did you know that almost all (96%) Jews in NSW live in Sydney with 49% living in Eastern Suburbs and 11% of all Jews in the state living in Dover Heights?!)
  • Maccabi NSW Strategic Planning Coordinator, Danny Skrabel spoke about the importance of data collected about the various Clubs and future plans for Maccabi NSW being based on this information.
  • Maccabi Australia (MAI) representatives, Barry Smorgon and Ellana Aarons, emphasised the importance of the Members’ Protection Policy and MAI becoming more responsive to the needs of the Clubs. Sponsorship is also going to become more collective, rather than each Club seeking individual sponsorship.
  • It was announced that the 90th anniversary of the first Jewish competition between NSW and VIC is this year. Plans are currently underway for different ways to celebrate this milestone.

The ‘round-robin’ workshops that followed covered off topics including communications, events, youth, compliance, financial, sponsorship and fundraising, sport and strategy. During these sessions, everyone was given the chance to provide their feedback and ask questions. Maccabi NSW will collate the feedback and use it to set priorities for the many activities in the year ahead.

The year ahead for Maccabi NSW is looking strong and very eventful.


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