5 Sep 2017
Horsham and District Soccer Club has appointed new executive members
NEW Horsham and District Soccer Club president Robert Moir is focusing on change.
The club hosted its annual general meeting on Friday and elected its new group of executive members. Moir has been at the club for several years, volunteering as the Mini Roos co-ordinator.
Elijah Macchia is vice-president of the club and also takes on the role of technical director, overseeing all junior development and ensuring players are getting the most out of their experience. Macchia will have two assistants for the role – in Riley Bamford and Marcus Luciani.
The club’s new secretary is Charisma Macchia and vice secretary is Danielle Stevenson. Helen Hawken is the new treasurer with vice treasurer Avril Hogan. Paul Beltz is the safety officer.
Moir said having the executive positions filled gave the club a chance to plan for the year ahead – immediately. “With the achievements the club has made this year, we will try to improve on that in the next season,” he said. “There has been steady growth in junior numbers this year and we will look to broaden their options next year.”
Moir has big plans for the club. “I want to have a five-year development plan for the sport in the Wimmera,” he said. “There has been some strong development at the club with young kids coming through. “There is a strong presence of parents on the committee with kids playing under-12s and we will look to utilise those skills.”
It was a large turnover of executive members at the AGM with only one member holding their position from the previous season. “(The executive) is new and enthusiastic, they have good skillsets and I think they will make a good contribution,” Moir said.
The club’s next meeting is on September 13 and the final day of the season is September 17.
“When I started co-ordinating the Mini Roos, the club adopted a national playing format and since then the kids have had the opportunity to play against other league teams (in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association),” Moir said. “The club re-started a senior team this year and, in my mind, if you enter a league and you’re not (finishing) dead last then that is a big achievement.”
Horsham’s senior team finished the season in fourth position.