Sydney Olympic the legendary Soccer team of
the Greek Community has a permanent home!
Olympics’ long term tenure at Belmore Sports Ground for the next 25 years is secure! On the historical day of Friday 21rst May 2010, on the hallowed turf of Belmore Sports Ground, in a press conference, the Federal Ministers Mr. Anthony Albanese and Tony Burke, the Mayor of Canterbury and State Government Parliamentarian Mr. Robert Furolo, Mr. Ray Dib, Chairman of the Canterbury Bulldogs Rugby League Club and the President of S. Olympic, Mr. George Gianarros announced that a $4.9million Federal government grant supplemented by a $1million grant by Canterbury Council will be spent in the immediate future in order to upgrade facilities at Belmore Sports Ground.
Belmore Sports Ground will become the permanent home ground of Sydney Olympic FC and the Bulldogs will permanently relocate their training base and administrative headquarters to the venue.
During his interview Mr. Gianarros, who is the 3rd mytilenean president of S.O. (Jim Petinellis and Jim Kelaiditis were the other two) respectfully thanked the Federal Government and Canterbury Council for their vision in providing these funds. He also addressed the strategic alliance which has been formed between these two historic clubs from two different football codes, whose collaborative efforts in this venture not only brings benefits to both clubs but also to the local community.
He also stated that this synergy may open the door for additional funding from say the FFA in any future considerations they may give to playing/training venues should they be uccessful in their bid to host the Football World Cup in 2018/2022.
PHOTO: The Federal Minister Anthony Albanese and S. O. President Mr. George Gianarros with team’ s leading player Anthony Doumanis.