Grand goal in sights

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Lucy Jarvis

OLYMPIC Kingsway Sports Club has grand plans to raise its soc­cer pro­file in the north­ern sub­urbs.

The club is em­bark­ing on a $2.6 mil­lion rede­vel­op­ment of its fa­cil­i­ties at Kingsway Re­gional Sport­ing Com­plex, in­clud­ing build­ing a 200-seat grand­stand and in­stalling flood­lights.

Club pres­i­dent Steven Nelkovski said the club had a five-year plan and hoped to in­spire the com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren, to get in­volved in the sport.

“We al­ways wanted to im­prove the fa­cil­ity and give the com­mu­nity some­thing that will al­low us to at­tract the high­est pos­si­ble (events),” he said.

“We would love to bring an FA Cup game to Kingsway. To get those games, we need the fa­cil­i­ties.

“We ex­pect works to start in the next few months and for that to be ready for the 2019 sea­son.

“It’s go­ing to be such a won­der­ful fa­cil­ity when it’s com­pleted.”

The club started in 1953 and was based at var­i­ous grounds around Perth be­fore mov­ing to the re­gional fa­cil­ity in Made­ley.

It be­came Olympic Kingsway Sports Club in 1973.

Mr Nelkovski said the club had sev­eral play­ers who had gone on to play for Perth Glory or Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Stan Lazaridis, Richard and Michael Gar­cia, Chris and Jamie Coyne, Daniel De Silva, Jamie Harn­well and James Afkos.

He said the club had pre­vi­ously been part of a State league and wanted to rise to Na­tional Premier Leagues WA sta­tus.

“At the mo­ment, within the City of Wan­neroo there’s no fa­cil­ity that takes the cri­te­ria for NPL. The last time we were in the high­est league (in WA) would have been in the late ’90s,” he said.

“Last year’s re­sult was prob­a­bly our best sea­son in 15 years.”

Last month, Wan­neroo coun­cil­lors gave in-prin­ci­ple sup­port to pro­vide the club with $235,650 from its 2005 WA Trea­sury Cor­po­ra­tion Loan for the grand­stand and the club re­ceived a $250,000 Fed­eral grant.

At the March 6 meet­ing, the coun­cil also agreed to en­ter a new lease with the club.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d481095

Luke Pal­ma­teer, Giuseppe Vestruca, Blake White and Alexan­der Dami­anopou­los.

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