Football Victoria Community Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Con Lekakis, who was presented with Football Victoria Community Coach of the Year in front of Graham Arnold (Socceroos Coach), players from the Matildas and the soccer fraternity. 

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Nick Hatzoglou, said Lekakis was awarded the 2022 Male Coach of the Year because he tirelessly gives up his time to bring people together through football. “Con is a deserving winner of the award; he believes football can unite communities”.  He has made a significant impact on the youth in our region by using football as a vehicle to enhance the lives of students and the wider community.

Many in his community admire his energy, passion, and love for the game. As a result, soccer has become an integral part of the school curriculum. In addition, he runs an extensive soccer program for boys and girls, promoting personal development and respectful relationships. Con’s experience is the perfect formula for creating a celebrated and inclusive soccer program at our school and in our community. 

Through his strong links with the Burmese and African communities, he was invited to coach the Cin Vakok team as part of the Melbourne Unite Cup and League A as part of the Melbourne Chinese Soccer Association. He has also coached three Burmese Teams in the Unite Cup and Albion Thunder Soccer Hub. Con is deserving of the award; he believes everyone is an equal and the focus should always be about having fun. His commitment, resourcefulness, and enthusiasm allow everyone that meets him to feel,  respected and valued through his soccer programs and coaching.


Maria Petrides

VCAL Coordinator