APIA vs Olympic. Belmore vs Leichhardt. Italians vs Greeks. No matter which way you look at it, the ‘Festival of Football’ event will be an extraordinary, fun, and action-packed weekend.
APIA Leichhardt FC and Sydney Olympic FC have joined forces to create an event to take place over two days, culminating on Sunday May 30th at Lambert Park.
“APIA and Olympic are two of only three clubs in NSW who have teams in both the National Premier Leagues NSW top tier Men’s and Women’s competitions, two historic clubs, two proud and two well-supported clubs, who better to do it with,” said legendary APIA Leichhardt FC President Tony Raciti said to NPL NSW.
“The event will be spectacular, not only will our Youth teams have something extra to play for, but both Senior Men’s teams have improved in the last month and should be in the top 5 by the time the ‘Festival of Football’ comes around.”
The ‘Festival of Football’ concept has been created to ensure a whole club atmosphere with the NPL NSW Boys and Girls Youth League teams playing as a curtain-raiser on Saturday May 29th at Lambert Park.
All eight teams will play a huge part in the overall result of who will be crowned “The Best in the Inner West”.
“I think it’s a great concept,” Sydney Olympic CEO, John Boulos, said earlier this month.
“Including the Youth teams makes it a club focused event and not just primarily on the Senior teams, which improves and builds the culture within the club, something that both clubs do very well already, but it will only grow with an event like this.
“We have already agreed next year we will run the Festival over two legs with one game being played at Lambert Park and the reverse fixture at Belmore Sports Ground.
“This promises to be something we run annually as one of the biggest events on the NPL NSW calendar and we know our large supporter base will get behind this event to make it a big success.”
The festival will include a legends game with more than 20 players who have played over 80 times for the Socceroos taking part, live Italian and Greek entertainment and over 30 food stalls.
Due to the unprecedented level of interest since the launch of the festival, the event has now become a pre sale event ONLY.