Football Victoria (FV) have expressed their gratitude on the back of a recent announcement by the Victorian Government, which outlaid a $150 million financial support package for sport, tourism and creative industries.
FV CEO Peter Filopoulos believes the funding will be essential for football’s survival, as well as all other sports in Victoria.
“This package is absolutely critical to ensure that our sporting clubs and institutions have a fighting chance of getting through what has been an incredibly tough period,” Filopoulos said.
“In football, the effects of shutting down our game for several months are very significant.
“What we do know is that it will take an enormous, community-wide effort to get our clubs, leagues and associations restarted and this package will play a significant role in making sure that happens.”
Filopoulos claimed the sport was doing everything possible to survive in a period with virtually no revenue, despite costs continuing in some areas.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and both Football Victoria and our 355 clubs with 450,000-plus participants moved as quickly as possible to adjust,” he said.
“This support package gives us an opportunity to make it through these turbulent times and means that when it’s time for sport to restart as normal, the football community will be ready to go from the opening whistle.”
Football Victoria praised the work of the Andrews Government in making sure that football would be in a good place to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.
“I would like to pay a special thanks to Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Sport, Martin Pakula and Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence MP, for keeping us front of mind in what has been a challenging time for all Victorians,” Filopoulos said.
“That forward thinking will allow us to play our part in helping Victoria get back to normal as quickly as possible.”