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History of the club
Mr Bert Voutos who passed away at the young age of 67 in 2014, was the original founder of Surfers Paradise Apollo Soccer Club.
It started with an idea which turned into a reality that is still active to this day.
In 1980 or thereabouts, Mr Bert Voutos decided to form a soccer club. He approached the Greek Committee with the idea of the community buying or leasing grounds and forming a soccer club and club rooms, in an effort to give the community another avenue to unite sports and the community. The idea was rejected. With no other avenue left, Mr Voutos went out on his own and funded the original club himself. And so began the birth of SPASC.
The club started as Apollo Soccer Club and had its beginnings where Surfers Demons AFL Club is located on Sir Bruce Small oval on Ashmore Road in Benowa. The soccer club occupied a small corner on the AFL Oval where they practiced. There were no club rooms and the field had to be marked out constantly for practices and games. The games were played at the TAFE College grounds in Ashmore. Back then it started with 2 senior teams and some of the players ended up having to play in both teams every week just to get them on the field.
Eventually the club was relocated to the TAFE College grounds in Ashmore where there were still no club rooms. The club grew to cater for Under 6 right through to Under 14 and 15 year old children. His son Peter was one of the original junior players of the club. By then, the club had to change its name to Benowa Apollo Soccer Club, as clubs were not able to be represented with cultural or ethnic names.
The club continued to thrive and Mr Voutos continued to run and contribute to the club with some help from a few close friends. During this time Mr Voutos fought and eventually managed to secure the grounds at Isle of Capri, known as Lex Bell Oval, which is where this club is still proudly located. The name changed again to Surfers paradise Apollo soccer Club which is the name this club is still proudly known as today. The club continued to thrive and its members continued to grow at the new location. Mr Voutos and his son continued to actively coach some of the teams, mark out the fields and referee. The club logo also changed to what we now still proudly wear on our club playing strips and club merchandise. Mr Voutos was also known as a ‘colourful;’ Referee, known for his humour and ‘full of life’ personality.
Over the years, SPASC has been through many ups and downs, highs and lows, success and failure, wins and losses. Struggled through tough times, but always survived. The name APOLLO given by the late Mr Bert Voutos was truly an appropriate name given to represent this club and its strength to survive over all adversities.
As a community we are grateful to the Voutos Family, for their passionate commitment to this club and to the Gold Coast soccer community. His foresight and persistence made it possible for us to call SPASC home.
Home Ground Report: grounds open for games and training