Club scores with good welcome

Belmont Villa Soccer Club president Keith Chambers and Giorgio Succu of Belmont. Picture: David Baylis d422422
Belmont Villa Soccer Club president Keith Chambers and Giorgio Succu of Belmont. Picture: David Baylis d422422

Mr Succu arrived in Belmont from Milan three years ago to work as a freight forwarder.

‘I came by myself, working for the same company as I had in Milan,’ he said. ‘It was tough to start with given the change of language and friends.

‘I was playing soccer in Italy and lived in Belmont so I wanted to find a team close by.

‘I didn’t know anyone at the club but they welcomed me from my first training session.’

Mr Succu said he was looking for a Masters team because he was 36 at the time but was invited to train and said he’d be told if he wasn’t good enough for the main teams.

He has played midfield for three seasons for the Premier Division team and has just started to play Masters this year, aged 39.

Mr Succu has made many new friends through the twice-a-week training sessions. A meal is offered after the Thursday sessions to encourage socialisation, which gives Giorgio and his teammates a great chance to practise their English skills.

‘It’s a very multicultural team. There are Afghans, Somalis, Germans, French, Italian, Irish, English and Asian players,’ he said.

‘I was used to using English for job terms but English in regular life was different and I struggled a lot with the various accents.’

The club’s homeground is at the Gerry Archer Sporting Complex.