Filopopulos quits Glory to head up Football Federation Victoria
Peter Filopoulos has quit as the chief executive of A-League club Perth Glory and will return to his home city, Melbourne, to become the new chief executive of Football Federation Victoria.
It has been a convulsive couple of days in the west for the Glory, who failed to make the finals this year after losing in front of their own fans to Brisbane in the final A-League fixture of the season.
On Friday the club axed long serving coach Kenny Lowe, and now, as well as a new coach, owner Tony Sage will be looking for a new CEO.
Filopoulos returns to the Victorian game in which he spent his formative years as CEO of South Melbourne, the former NSL champions, where he was at the helm between 1993 and 1999.
He moved to Perth to re calibrate the club in the wake of the salary cap scandal which saw it thrown out of the A-League finals in 2015.
But before that he had extensive experience in sports administration, having worked in senior roles with Swimming Australia, Etihad Stadium, and AFL clubs North Melbourne and Hawthorn.
FFV President Kimon Taliadoros says Filopoulos had the experience, track record and industry knowledge to guide Victorian football through its next phase of growth.
“Peter’s appointment is a great win for the game in Victoria, including for our 360 clubs and 284,000-plus participants across the state.
“His strong leadership qualities, combined with his deep knowledge of football at all levels creates the opportunity for Victorian football to lead the way when it comes to the game’s ongoing development.”
“As an organisation….we’re focused on continuing to grow participation numbers at all levels of the game, across all ages, cultures and abilities, and among girls and women where interest has never been stronger. It means providing the facilities so people across the state can enjoy the game they love”, said Mr Taliadoros.
Filopoulos says that the commitment to growing the game was what attracted him to leave the A-League to get back to the grass roots.
“Football clubs – big and small – are an integral part of our social fabric. They bring people together, they shape local communities, and they play a critical role in promoting a healthy, cohesive society”, he said.
“I’ll be focused on ensuring our clubs have the means and facilities to keep attracting participants into the game, including at grass roots and elite levels, and I’m particularly excited by the opportunity to build on the record number of women and girls coming into football.
“The game has come a long way, and there’s so much more we can achieve as we look to reinforce our place among Australia’s major sporting codes. There’s no reason why Victoria can’t lead the way in that regard”, he said.
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