Monthly Archives: November 2019

Jets Youth player Tom Curran joins Newcastle Olympic


Newcastle Olympic FC would like to welcome Tom Curran to its playing roster for  2020

Tom joins us after many years coming through the Emerging Jets system, and then two years in the Jets Youth team. A ball playing midfielder, Tom will be a valuable acquisition to Olympic. Welcome, Tom.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Two Newcastle Olympic NPL Youth players win a place in the Newcastle Jets!

Congratulations to Aswin Gurung from last season’s u14s NPL Youth  grand final winning team and Cody Hopton, from our Under 13s NPL Youth team who have been offered a place in the Newcastle Jets that will be participating in the NSW NPL in 2020. We wish them both all the best next season.

As a result of this player movement, Newcastle Olympic now have a vacancy in our 2020 Under 14 NPL YOUTH squad.

If you believe your child has the ability and desire, and is not committed to another NPL club, and would like to become involved in our highly successful NPL YOUTH Programme with our Under 14s next year, please contact the Club’s Technical Director Alex, on 0497897716

Source: Tom Tsamouras


The 2019 Northern NSW Club of the Year is reconnecting with its heritage by reverting to its original name –NEWCASTLE OLYMPICFC–for the 2020 season and beyond.

“The level of football in which our club participates is no longer merely a local state league. The National premier Leagues is the second tier of football in Australia. The broadcasting of the NPL and the FFA Cup has created a broader national exposure for NPL clubs across the country. We felt that our name needed to reflect this -that we needed to return to being known as Newcastle Olympic” said Club President George Sofianos.

Newcastle Olympic was established in 1976 starting the old 4thDivision. After a meteoric rise in the late 1980s the club was promoted to the then NNSW State League in 1992at which time the club was directed to adopt a suburban name –Hamilton Olympic.2020 marks the 29thconsecutive season for Olympic in the top level of football in the region–one of only three (3) local clubs for such a length of time.

“Only 15% of our players live in Hamilton itself, but 80% live in the broader City of Newcastle area. This is also the case with our supporter and sponsor base. We have always had a broad appeal and we need to reconnect with a name which reflected this position.” said Mr.Sofianos.

“Every capital city and major regional city in Australiah as an NPL clubs which carries their name. It was glaring that “Newcastle” was missing. As the 7thlargest city in Australia, this needed to be fixed. We are grateful for the active support of all Newcastle political leaders in doing so –Lord Mayor, Nuatali Nelmes, State Member, Tim Crakanthorp, and Federal Member, Sharon Claydon.” said Mr.Sofianos.

source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Olympic farewells Blair Newham

Best wishes from all at the Club go to Blair Newham, an Olympic “Old Boy,” who has just been announced as the Newcastle Jets Under 17 Head Coach, that in 2020 will participate for the first time in the NSW NPL U18 Competition.

Blair has co-coached our Under 16 NPL Youth team in 2018 (Grand Final winners) and 2019 (Semi- Finalists) and had been elevated as co-coach of our Under 18s next year. His passion and dedication to the game plus his undoubted coaching skills has alerted the Jets, who offered Blair this great opportunity to hone his skills at a much higher level.
He leaves with the blessing of all at the Club.

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Glen Chapman joins Newcastle Olympic senior coaching staff for 2020 season

Newcastle Olympic FC is proud to announce that “old boy” Glen Chapman will be joining our Senior Coaching Staff for the 2020 season.

Glen joined Olympic as a player in 1992, our first year in NNSW 1st Division. He was the first player to play 100 1st Grade games for Olympic in 1st Division and captained us to our first Grand Final win in 1998.
Glen is a highly respected, ex-player and coach, who has held a number of both Senior and Junior coaching position in the Hunter.
Glen runs his own very successful business, and is now at the stage where he can commit more towards his other passion, football. Having worked previously with our Head Coach, Peter McGuinness, Glen will be a valuable addition to the club’s Coaching staff.
Welcome back, Chappy!!!!!
Glen Chapman
Olympic Career (1992-1999)
Played 119
Goals 30
source: Tom Tsamouras

Newcastle Olympic January School holiday clinic

Newcastle Olympic FC will again be holding their popular Annual January School holidays 4 Day Coaching Clinic at Darling Street Oval, Hamilton in the last week of the January School Holidays( Monday 20th January to Thursday 23rd January inclusive.)

The Clinic is open to all registered footballers aged between 5 year to 14 year in the Hunter. Improve your football skills, make new friends! If you have any inquiries, please contact the Club Secretary Con on 0423221352.
All details and an application form, plus all contact inquiries can be found on this link.

Newcastle Olympic summer coaching clinic

Source: Tom Tsamouras

Football confirmed as the largest club-based participation sport in Australia

Football’s place as the number one club-based participation sport in Australia has been confirmed, with the release of the latest AusPlay survey by Sport Australia.

MiniRoos-Recruitment-WEB-800x800In the year to June 2019, 1,853,600 people played football in Australia comprising 1,084,200 adults and 769,400 children.

There was an impressive 18.2% growth in the number of children aged 14 years or under playing the game and Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive David Gallop AM said he wasn’t surprised by the results of the survey.
“The data from Sport Australia backs up the findings from our own National Participation Report and demonstrates the popularity of our sport for people of all ages from the under 5s to the over 75s.
“Football is a game for everyone, no matter what your background or ability. FFA and the State and Territory Member Federations have worked extremely hard to drive participation growth by broadening the football offering way beyond the traditional outdoor 11-a-side winter season.
“Across the country, there are now programs of Walking Football for the over 50s, Multicultural programs for new arrivals and CALD communities, female-only programs including Soccer Mums and the increasingly popular small-sided summer football.”
Gallop added “These impressive participation numbers are being complemented by a clear career pathway for boys and girls at youth level, through to the senior national teams. This is backed up by the landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement announced yesterday, that closes the gender pay gap between the Caltex Socceroos and the Westfield Matildas, providing further inspiration to those looking to play football and emulate their heroes – as the numbers show, there has never been a better time to play football.”
Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) CEO David Eland congratulated the thousands of volunteers at the grassroots throughout Northern NSW for providing opportunities for people of all ages in their respective communities to enjoy football.
“More people played football in 2019 in Northern NSW than in any other season. The number of players participating in traditional club-based competitions has increased by 14% since 2015 and the number of registered female players has soared by a staggering 23% during the same period.”
Eland added, “NNSWF’s new strategic plan identifies Inclusion and Diversity and Women and Girls as priorities. It’s therefore vital that all levels of government support our efforts to increase the number of people pursuing healthy and active lifestyles by investing more in football facilities which are safe, welcoming and fit for purpose.”
The participation growth comes as football enjoys an exciting month ahead with national teams of all ages and both genders in action at home and abroad.
This week, the Westfield Young Matildas (U-19 Women) reached the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship in Thailand and are one win away from the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020TM.
The Joeys (U-17 Men) qualified for the knock-out stages of FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019TM.
The Young Socceroos (U-19 Men) have travelled to Chinese Taipei ahead of their three Group H qualification matches for the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship.
A record crowd is anticipated this Saturday (9th) when the Westfield Matildas (Senior Women) play their first game since the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019TM against Chile at Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta. They then travel to Adelaide for a second fixture against the South American nation on Tuesday (12th) at Coopers Stadium.
The Caltex Socceroos (Senior Men) travel to Amman this week to face Jordan in their fourth Round Two match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM Qualification.
A fantastic month of football is finished off in style as the Pararoos (senior men’s team for athletes with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury or symptoms resulting from a stroke) play their first international on home soil since the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Canada are the opponents at Cromer Park in Sydney on Saturday 30 November.


HAMILTON OLYMPIC 2019: A pictorial reflection of the 2019 season.


source: Tom Tsamouras