Inaugural Greek Community Cup for juniors and women to launch in September

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Following the success of the 2024 Greek Community Cup, the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has announced the launch of its inaugural 2024 Juniors and Women’s Greek Community Cup. 

In a historic initiative for the GCM, these groundbreaking tournaments will light up the fields of Oakleigh Cannons FC in September, promising a spectacle of talent, passion, and community spirit.

Greek Community Cup
Photo: Supplied.

Aki Ionnas, the General Manager of Oakleigh Cannons FC, expressed immense gratitude for the privilege of hosting the 2024 Juniors and Women’s Greek Community Cup.

“We are truly honoured to have been chosen as the host for the 2024 Juniors and Women’s Greek Community Cup,” Mr Ionnas said. 

“We extend our deepest gratitude to the GCM for granting us this opportunity and we commend them for their incredible initiative. We eagerly anticipate welcoming both tournaments and are excited about the prospect of engaging with the broader community.” 

Photo: Supplied.
Photo: Supplied.

The GCM President, Bill Papastergiadis, OAM, expressed his enthusiasm for this initiative, emphasising its significance.

“The GCM is appreciative of Oakleigh’s Cannons FC’s offer to host those tournaments. Engagement at all levels with our youth is particularly important for us as is the Inaugural Women’s Cup,” Mr Papastergiadis said.

“This milestone event underscores the GCM’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and a forward-looking vision for the future. The GCM is committed to working with our youth and broadening our educational platform through these tournaments. Get ready to witness history in the making.”

Michael Karamitos, the Vice President of GCM, shared his excitement stating, “After the triumph of the 2024 Greek Community Cup hosted at Heatherton FC, I am eagerly anticipating the forthcoming Junior’s and Women’s tournaments scheduled for September.”

“This presents a chance for our community to come together once again, rallying behind our Women’s and Junior football teams, and presenting an event that I am confident will receive wholehearted support from our entire community,” Mr Karamitos added.

Dr. Nick Dallas, the GCM Head of Educational Programs, echoed this sentiment, stating “The expansion of the Community Cup to include junior and women’s soccer teams is incredibly exciting.”

“Actively promoting inclusive sporting competitions not only fosters community building and engagement, but also enhances the socialisation skills of the participants as their mental and physical well-being. The beautiful game is meant for everyone to enjoy. This September promises to be a month of unforgettable moment,” Dr Dallas said.

Finally, the Principal of the GCM Schools, Maria Bakalidou remarked, “Engagement in sports invariably yields positive outcomes for young individuals.”

“Taking part in this tournament will undoubtedly be a beneficial experience for the youth within our community, providing them with yet another healthy source of motivation. These tournaments represent a golden opportunity to celebrate inclusivity and empower our youth and women,” Mrs Bakalidou said.

Stay tuned for more announcements and exciting details in the coming months.

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