Adelaide Olympic secure permanent residency at APEX Football Stadium

Football South Australia side Adelaide Olympic Football Club are now the tenants of the newly named APEX Football Stadium, formerly known as VALO Football Centre.

As part of the move into the State Centre for Football at Gepps Cross, Football SA has now officially handed keys to the venue located in Angle Park.

The venue opened its doors in 2015 and has previously hosted Australia Cup matches, Women’s NPLSA, RAA NPLSA and community events such as talent ID carnivals, regional camps, and the RAA African Nations Cup.

At the time of being built, the venue was the second full-size synthetic pitch in South Australia. Since 2015, the facility has expanded with the establishment of a second synthetic pitch accompanied with a grandstand.

Football South Australia CEO Michael Carter was extremely pleased to be handing over the facility to Adelaide Olympic.

“The Parks Football Centre (now known as Apex Stadium) being handed to Adelaide Olympic was a legacy tied to the establishment of the State Centre for Football. I am so pleased for Adelaide Olympic to be getting a quality home of their own,” he said in a statement.

Adelaide Olympic President, Stavros Parissos added via Football SA:

“From 23 junior players, no uniforms and serving drinks from a trestle table at a foreign ground 10 years ago to being a leading club with successful MiniRoos, Juniors and Senior teams including back to back Cup champions and now consolidation of all our operation at APEX Football Stadium I couldn’t be prouder.

“This couldn’t have happened without the support of our volunteers and supporters, the state Labor government of South Australia, the Office of Recreation and Sport & Football South Australia.”

A process has been started to change the venue name on Google Maps and on all livestream broadcasts.

Football SA team up with SA Police to support communities

Football SA and Police

Football South Australia (SA) and SA Police (SAPOL) are beginning a new relationship that seeks to encourage interaction with multicultural groups and support SAPOL’s ongoing hiring drive.

As a place where families, friends, and communities come together for similar reasons, sport is where South Australia Police has identified this partnership as an excellent opportunity to engage with the South Australian community. SAPOL now has the chance to engage with a sizable sporting community.

With a 15% increase in participation since 2021, Football SA today boasts just under 100,000 players, coaches, referees, and volunteers. There are 305 registered outdoor clubs in South Australia, and players of all ages—from young children to masters—combine with a mix of male and female involvement. Along with being significantly involved in school-age participation programmes, Football SA is also actively interested in diversity and inclusion initiatives around the state.

The South Australian Police have participated in Football SA events for a number of years, engaging with spectators and the general public while maintaining a presence. The Africa Nations Cup, which had more than 20 teams participating over two weekends and more than 7000 spectators at the Grand Final, was attended by SA Police in 2022. Over 20 different African countries sent players and spectators to this tournament, which gave SA Police a wonderful chance to interact with the many cultures who call South Australia home.

SAPOL’s Acting Commissioner Linda Williams said via press release:

“With the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup being held in Australia in July 2023, all eyes will be on the world game, and this gives an excellent opportunity for the SA Police to partner with Football SA and engage with the thousands of people that will be coming into SA and visiting from regional areas at this time,” she said.

Minister for Police Joe Szakacs welcomed this outstanding initiative acknowledging SAPOL’s introduction of the new partnership with the community based Football SA, adding via media release:

“This partnership will mean thousands more people will have direct engagement with SAPOL which will go leaps and bounds to encouraging soccer players across the state to choose a career in policing,” he said,

SAPOL will continue to engage with local communities as the FIFA Women’s World Cup continues its already strong momentum.

Football SA and JB Metropolitan Distributors alliance to improve women’s football in the state

Football SA and JB Metropolitan Distributors

Football South Australia (SA) and large food and beverage distributor JB Metropolitan Distributors have announced a new partnership that lasts for the next two and a half years.

This partnership will go hand-in-hand with Football SA’s strategic priority of growing female football in the state. Football SA will certainly leverage the FIFA Women’s World Cup and use the momentum it provides to increase female participation amongst all levels of play, which they outlined in their 2023-2026 strategic plan.

JB Metropolitan Distributors will play their role through being the Presenting Partner of the Go Sunny Solar Women’s National Premier League Finals Series until 2025, which will ensure that female football in the state can build on new participants gained through the FIFA Women’s World Cup and continue building the legacy of female football in years to come.

Football SA CEO Michael Carter acknowledged the partnership’s goal to succeed in women’s football.

“JB Metropolitan Distributors have been great supporters of Football South Australia for many years. Together we uphold similar values to continue to grow the women’s game, providing the perfect foundation for this great partnership,” Carter said in the official club statement.

“Recognising JB Metropolitan Distributors as Presenting Partner of the Women’s National Premier League Finals Series will continue to elevate the women’s top tier competition in this state and give it the spotlight it deserves.”

Jeff Spiteri, South Australia & Northern Territory State Manager at JB Metropolitan Distributors Adelaide was equally excited about the new opportunity and partnership via press release:

“JB Metropolitan Adelaide is excited to be part of the Football South Australia family once again,” he said.

“With our passion for football, we have found a partner who shares in the vision of growing the football family here in South Australia to push both the men’s and women’s game to new heights, We are proud to be a part of what comes next. Bring on the FIFA Women’s World Cup and best of luck to the Matildas!”

JB Metropolitan Distributors have served the Australian community since 1983, with their dedicated Adelaide arm cementing themselves within South Australia since 2015.

They have grown overtime from a small business started by three blokes in a shed to become Australia’s largest independent confectionery, snack food, grocery and beverage wholesale distribution company.

There’s a clear goal in mind from Football SA to grow the women’s game over the coming years, and partnering with JB Metropolitan Distributors, a company that shares the same values and aspirations for female football is a great move in hopefully achieving success.

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