August 25, 2018
One of Western Australia’s pioneering soccer clubs has received a multi-million dollar federal grant, to ensure it remains a leader in WA sport and continues to foster the football stars of tomorrow.
After making significant representation to the Federal Government, WA Senator Peter Georgiou has successfully helped Floreat Athena Football Club receive the three (3) million dollar grant, believed to be one of the biggest funding announcements in WA football history.
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“The club approached me about 12-months ago and outlined a series of important issues focusing on stadium upgrades” the Senator said.
“The grant will be used to redevelop the pitch, seating and club rooms at “Litis Stadium” in Mt Hawthorn where Athena has been the sole tenant since 1982. The club has been based at the site since the 1970s which was originally known as “The Velodrome” and was used during the 1962 Perth Empire Games” the Senator added.
Over the years, Floreat Athena has produced local and international football stars, including former Socceroo Stan Lazaridis and Perth Glory favourite sons Bobby Despotovski and Vas Kalogeracos.
Senator Georgiou said he was confident today’s announcement would resonate widely in the WA sporting community.
“This is a huge investment and a great win for football and the local community” he said.
“The club has a fantastic opportunity to engage with the local community and all its relevant stakeholders and this funding grant will go a long way in achieving that goal” he added.
Senator Georgiou also thanked fellow WA Senator Matthias Cormann, for his strong show of support for the project.
“Senator Cormann is a big football fan and I am delighted he helped convince the Commonwealth to sign off on this important community project”.
Senator Georgiou said the club would aim to position itself as a one-stop training venue for football in Western Australia, and cater to the specific needs of the Socceroos when they visited WA and the needs of teams from the A-League and overseas.
The Senator also stressed football was the most participated sport in Australia and it was a timely reminder for the State and Commonwealth governments to commit more funding for Football (soccer) in WA.