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Maccabiah boys football team give their fundraising a running start

Posted: 08-Feb-2017 by Maccabi NSW

The Maccabiah youth football gave their preparations a running start, with a training camp in Sydney followed by a 10km fun run where they managed to raise over $6000 towards their journey to Israel.

The training camp, held in Sydney, marked the first time the side could come together as a unit - with interstate players from Melbourne and Perth making the trip to link up with their NSW-based teammates.

Coach Kerry Lambos put the boys through their paces at Waverley Oval before the team  were addressed by the captain of the 2013 Maccabiah youth football side.

2013 captain Dean Gruskin, along with teammate Dan Engelman, provided the boys with valuable insights into what to expect in Israel. The side are now well aware of what conditions and quality opposition they are likely to encounter when they arrive in Israel in just six months.

The rest of the weekend focused largely on the building of team chemistry off the pitch. A lively game of Footgolf, a hybrid between golf and football as the name suggests, was followed by a team dinner and final training session before it was time to bid farewell to those who had made the journey from interstate.

Preparations continued the following weekend, with Sydney-based players up bright and early to compete in the Sydney Striders 10km run at Homebush.

Not only was the exercise a fine test of the boys' fitness as they head into the business end of preparations, the fun run also doubled as a fundraising exercise with players encouraged to collect donations for the run to assist with their teams' journey to Israel.

It was a great turn out from the players. Jonny Ress led the boys home, crossing the line in just 44 minutes - an outstanding effort.

It was Fox Bengtsson who topped the sponsorship leaderboard with an impressive $810 raised from family and friends.

The boys are now focused on preparations for Israel, with members of the squad returning to their various National Premier League (NPL) teams to compete and train with their clubs in the lead-up to the Maccabiah games in July. 

 
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