Frequently Asked Questions


WHAT IS MACCABI ALL ABILITIES?

Maccabi All Abilities offers sporting and active recreational programs and opportunities for Jewish individuals with a disability. We offer a range of all abilities-specific programs, supported integration opportunities, recreational/social events and volunteer opportunities.

WHAT SPORTS DO YOU OFFER?

We currently offer a range of All Abilities programs, including swimming, basketball, walking, cricket and social activities.

Contact us to find out more about our current calendar.

WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

Our office is based in North Caulfield.

Most of our programs (apart from some special events) take place in Caulfield, Hawthorn and Prahran. 

WHAT IF I WANT TO PLAY A DIFFERENT SPORT?

Come and talk to us! Maccabi Victoria has over 20 sporting clubs and we are very happy to liaise with the mainstream sporting clubs to try and identify opportunities for you to get involved. Some of our members have played, trained and volunteered with sports including football, soccer, cricket and tennis. 

IS IT ALL ABOUT WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL?

Definitely not! In fact we don’t currently have any wheelchair-specific programs. We endeavour to ensure that all of our programs are wheelchair-accessible but our programs are designed to cater to people with any sort of disability.

CAN I GET 1:1 SUPPORT?

If you require individual support to be able to participate in a program then this is something you will need to organise. Our coaches and volunteers do their best to accommodate all members and their needs, but unfortunately we don’t have the resources to be able to offer 1:1 support.

If you need 1:1 support and are struggling to find it, we can put you in touch with some suitable organisations.

DO YOU PLAY AGAINST OTHER TEAMS?

Our basketball team participates in some all abilities basketball tournaments , but we don’t play in regular competitions.

We also encourage participants to join our team as part of the annual Maccabi / MS Swimathon.

We try to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in sport and active recreation and as such, many of our opportunities are non-competitive.

I LIKE SPORT BUT DON'T WANT TO PLAY ON A REGULAR BASIS. WHAT CAN I DO?

Whilst we love to see you as often as possible, we understand that everyone has busy lives. Because we don't play in leagues, we don't insist that you come to every training session (though of course you are welcome to!).

We also have a range of short-term programs and special events to give you the opportunity to try sports such as sailing, lawn bowls and footy.

WHAT IF MY CHILD/CLIENT HAS HIGH support NEEDS? WHAT IS SUITABLE?

Many of our programs can offer options to suit varying needs and abilities, and we try to make sure all of our programs are appropriate for members with limited mobility. Support workers are always welcome at our training and special events. If you have any concerns, we encourage you to get in contact with us to discuss what suits your specific situation.

WHAT AGE GROUP DO YOU CATER FOR?

Whilst most of our participants are 18+, we are constantly looking for opportunities for younger athletes.

In addition, we are more than happy to liaise with the mainstream clubs to look at integrating players into their programs.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss the best program option for yourself or your child / client.

WHAT IF I’M NOT REALLY SPORTY?

It doesn’t matter – our programs are designed to focus on being social and getting moving – not on fierce competition. We go for walks, run dance parties and provide volunteer opportunities.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR COACHES?

Definitely! Get in touch with us to have a chat about what coaching and volunteer vacancies we currently have.

CAN YOU SUGGEST A SPORT THAT RUNS DURING THE DAY?

Our programs don’t currently run during business/school hours, though we might be able to match you up with a buddy who is available during the day.

Access Inc. runs the Healthy Me program on a Friday afternoon. For more information contact programs@accessinc.org.au.

GESAC runs a range of disability-specific programs during weekdays including all abilities basketball (Wednesdays) and a range of fitness classes (Monday-Thursday). Contact Cameron Lee on 0423 200 027 to discuss.

You can also refer to AAA Play (Reclink’s online directory) for more information.

BUT I'M NOT IN VICTORIA...

If you're in Sydney, get in touch with Maccabi NSW to see what activities are on offer through their All Abilities program - allabilities.nsw@maccabi.com.au. If you're in WA, get in touch with your local Maccabi club to discuss opportunities.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Check our website: http://www.maccabi.com.au/VIC/All-Abilities/

Look at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/maccabivictoriaallabilities/

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Contact Shari for more information: allabilities.vic@maccabi.com.au / 9563 5885

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