Avondale Football Group (AFG) and LALIGA have made their arrangements official through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance the game through a mutual alliance by undertaking to focus on football excellence.
Playing their home matches at Avenger Park in Parkville, Avondale FC are the current champions of NPL Victoria as well as they were recently selected alongside seven other clubs to be the foundation club for the National Second Tier which is likely to commence from 2025.
Ivan Codina, Managing Director of LALIGA for Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea and Australia, said via press release:
“We are thrilled to embark on this exciting journey with Avondale FC to elevate football development at this crucial moment in their history in Australian professional football, taking advantage of the experience we have after more than 90 years leading professional football in Spain, and more specifically in the six years that LALIGA has been in the country.
“This MOU signifies our commitment to the football development beyond Spanish barriers through knowledge sharing and collaboration with regional partners.”
Avondale President Anthony Wardan reflected on the sides progression as a National Second Tier member, adding via press release:
“Following a historic season including recently being announced as a National Second Tier Foundation Club, we are extremely pleased to continue our growth by announcing a new partnership with LALIGA.
“LALIGA’s unparalleled expertise and extensive networks will enhance our capabilities on and off the field, nurture young Australian talent, and make a positive contribution to the growth of football in Australia.”
The goal of this partnership being through bilateral relations, the MOU will augment the flow of proficiency and mastery from LALIGA in what is the largest football ecosystem in the world implemented into the Australian club.
Both parties will work diligently towards the greater good of increasing football involvement and developing the youth programs and pathways for aspiring boys and girls across the state.