Madeley: Olympic Kingsway Soccer Club seeks funding for $2.7m upgrade

Alexander Damianopolous (18), Cowan MHR Anne Aly and Blake White (11).
Alexander Damianopolous (18), Cowan MHR Anne Aly and Blake White (11).

OLYMPIC Kingsway Soccer Club is campaigning with Cowan MHR Anne Aly for a $2.7 million upgrade to their Kingsway facilities.

The proposed redevelopment will see tiered seating for more than 200 people, six changing rooms, four storage rooms, two first aid rooms, two referee rooms, new toilets and space for a future commentary box.

“According to Football West regulations, if you want to quality for National Premier League (NPL) which is the top league, you need a grandstand,” club president Steven Nelkovski said.

“We’re a proud club and we know we can match it with the best – our division two team is undefeated this year, so we’ve got what it takes.

“But to compete against the best you need quality facilities.”

Dr Aly has been running a petition calling for Federal funding for the redevelopment, which would allow the club to qualify for the NPL.

“This would be huge for the club and its members,” she said.

“Olympic Kingsway is one of the oldest and largest clubs in WA, and these upgrades will help their push to host NPL games here in the northern suburbs.”

A Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities spokesman said the club had received two grants through the Community Development Grants Program.

It received a $50,000 grant for an air-conditioning project that finished in June, and the program has also approved a $200,000 grant for the club’s seating project, with the funding agreement currently with the club committee for signing.

Mr Nelkovski said while the latter grant would go towards the project, the club hoped to secure more funding as the total cost expected to be about $2.69 million.

He said construction was due to start in November and finish in about September or October 2019, allowing the club to join the NPL in the 2020 season.

“We need the undercover seating as part of those requirements,” he said.

Mr Nelkovski said the upgrades would benefit all levels, including the junior and social players.

Following an undefeated season in State League 2, the club will move up a grade next year.

The petition, available on Dr Aly’s website, has more than 500 signatures.