Team 11’s bid for A-League and W-League admission has received the official endorsement of five leagues critical to the south-east Victorian football ecosystem.
While the bid has received widespread backing from clubs in the National Premier League and State Leagues, Team 11 has also been inundated with support from community clubs in all leagues across south-east Victoria.
That has now materialised in to Letters of Support being supplied by the heads of the Bayside Football Association, the Victorian Churches Football Association, the Melbourne Chinese Soccer Association, the Latrobe Valley Soccer League and the Gippsland Soccer League.
More than 45 clubs across the south-east of the state have also written Letters of Support for Team 11’s submission to Football Federation Australia, many of whom come from the aforementioned five leagues.
The widespread goodwill across the community is indicative of the community-led approach Team 11 has taken to building the foundations of its bid, which also has the official backing of 12 local councils in the region.
Bayside FA – Vice President Andrew Ellis
“In a recent Bayside FA delegates meeting, all the clubs supported our position in backing Team 11’s bid. We believe that a local south-east Melbourne team – with the backing of the Bayside FA, local clubs, businesses and the community – will be a success in building football in the region and throughout Australia. We also understand the positive impacts it will have on the local community through jobs, infrastructure and community cohesion. Now is the time for the Football Federation Australia to award one of the licenses to Team 11. The Bayside FA support Team 11’s A League bid and urge the FFA to make this a reality.”
Gippsland Soccer League – Secretary Trudi Mantell
“GSL submit this letter of support for the Team 11 bid to bring the 11th A-League team to the South East Region of Victoria. The GSL recognises the benefits to the community. The investment by the local clubs and the GSL into soccer has seen the league achieve significant growth in numbers and support for the sport. The introduction of an A-League team to the region will only continue to aid the growth and development of soccer in the region.”
Latrobe Valley Soccer League – President Michael Buhagiar
“For our juniors to have an elite academy locally-based makes their dreams of playing professionally all that more achievable. As a local league, we want our players to aspire to play at the highest level possible.”
Melbourne Chinese Soccer Association – Secretary Andrew Young
“Boasting a population of more than 1.5 million and growing exponentially, the multicultural communities in the south-east of Victoria are yearning to have a team to call their own. MCSA supports the Team 11 bid for an A-League and W-League licence. The south-east corridor is without doubt a growth corridor with boundless opportunities for our great game. In addition, it will bring sport back to the region and galvanise the region through sport.”
Victorian Churches Football Association – General Manager Nicola Westwood
“As an association with seven of our member clubs in the south-east region … for our members to have an opportunity to attend matches close to home, a team to call their own and take ownership of, while creating relationship with other football-loving fans, will bring a great deal of camaraderie to our association. Not only that, through this team, our junior contingent will have professional role-models within their community to be able to look up to and see dreams come true within their reach.”