Football Victoria (FV) congratulates Preston Lions Football Club on being awarded Metropolitan Club of the Year for the 2022 FV Community Awards.
In nine years, Preston has grown from 35 participants to over 350, with a diverse community that encompasses over 40 different cultural backgrounds.
The Club has built a thriving junior framework, welcoming over 350 junior participants in 2022 in its MiniRoos, Juniors and Lions Cubs (for ages 4-6) programs.
In addition, the Club has invested heavily in making football accessible to as many families as possible. Preston provided a free football experience to those in need through the Junior Grant Program, which alone was worth $25,000 in support.
Preston Lions chairman David Cvetkovski was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the club.
“It is a privilege to lead this club as we continue this incredible journey of transformation to become a destination club for a wide range of aspiring footballers, their parents, families, our key stakeholders and the wider community. It has been essential, as a club emerging from the pandemic, that we provide our community with the necessary sporting outlet and support that brings so much joy and happiness,” he said.
In addition to juniors, the Lions community has made concerted efforts to provide pathways for women and girls to play our great game. Preston’s commitment to gender equity and equal opportunity.
FV would like to commend Preston for her dedication to women’s football, which aligns strongly with FV’s commitment to achieve 50/50 female participation by 2027
Preston Lions chairman David Cvetkovski was delighted to receive the award.
“As a club we are honored to have received this prestigious FV award, we are guided by our longer term strategy which will ensure we continue to deliver lasting success. As a club and community our success will be measured by our impact off the pitch, more than on the pitch,” added Cvetkovski.
The cornerstone of Preston’s success on and off the park has been its aim to unite the local community through a shared passion for the game. The board has emphasized transparency at all levels and maintains a high standard of communication with its members about plans, resources and ambitions.
With a desire to become a true destination club, Preston continues to invest so that future generations can continue to enjoy football in a welcoming environment that optimizes development and high performance.
Looking ahead to 2023, Preston will launch an indigenous strategy specifically designed for its juniors. Led by senior men’s captain Benji Lyvidikos, a young indigenous leader in his own right, the club will enter into a tripartite agreement that will create deep bonds with young indigenous families and children wishing to participate and enjoy football, fully funded by built in mentorship , matchmaking and leadership coaching.
The award was presented last Friday during Community in Business’ full-time luncheon at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields.