Who We Are
Established in October 2013, the Soccajoeys Foundation oversees and supports the operation of the Soccajoeys Next Step and Connect programs. The Foundation, formalises the provision of tailored Soccajoeys soccer programs to children with additional needs, disadvantaged and indigenous children aged three to nine years.
The Soccajoeys Foundation seeks to ensure that all children aged three to nine years are given the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the Soccajoeys soccer program. There is overwhelming scientific evidence on the positive effects that participation in sport has during a child’s early development. The Foundation strongly believes that every child should have access to the programs on offer.
The Soccajoeys Foundation was born from the innovative Soccajoeys soccer skills program that caters to children aged three to nine years. As a response to its ongoing success, and increased demand from various stakeholders, the idea to expand the Soccajoeys program to cater to the disability, indigenous and community sectors was hatched.
Soccajoeys, first engagement outside its mainstream operation was with the disability sector. The mainstream Soccajoeys program’s structure, curriculum and organization created an optimum environment for children with additional needs, to develop a range of valuable skills. The Soccajoeys Next Step program was then set up in January 2011 to provide soccer skills clinics for this demographic.
During 2013 Soccajoeys began taking steps to establish a foundation to fund the Next Step program. The program was quickly gaining traction and recognition. It had won the St. George Start Something Local Community Grant had been endorsed by Waverley Council and Macquarie University.
The scope of The Foundation grew due to the realisation that the Soccajoeys curriculum has the potential to support the development of children in disadvantaged communities, indigenous communities as well as continuing to provide children with additional needs a pathway to mainstream activities.
Foundation Director / Operations Manager
Jose is the owner/operator of Soccajoeys Homebush, and Director/Co-Founder of Sports Tots. Jose has also taken on the role of Area Manager for Soccajoeys. Jose was instrumental in the development of the Soccajoeys Next Step Program and has been a driving force behind its expansion.
Jose previously had a career as a professional footballer in Spain where he played in the Spanish 2nd Division for nine years. During his time in Spain, Jose was a registered volunteer with several organisations including Red Cross and Hogar La Salle. Jose was involved in humanitarian work that supported young refugees gain emancipation and hosted workshops for underprivileged youths. In recent years Jose has collaborated with Clown One Italia in Nepal hosting clown workshops in children’s hospitals, orphanages and rural villages.
Jose has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and is an accredited FFA C license coach. He believes that all children are entitled to participate in Early Childhood development programs that will improve their quality of learning and assist them in their individual development.
Stacy Alogdellis is the Managing Director of Soccajoeys, a sports development program for children aged 3-8 years. After completing a Sports Marketing degree, Stacy forged a career as a professional footballer in Greece for three years before returning to Australia to continue his career. On return from overseas Stacy was employed by four prestigious schools to head up their football programs, which included structuring and developing training programs for all age groups.
In 2007 after research and studies into childhood development, and noticing the lack of quality programs for children, Stacy created the Soccajoeys program. Soccajoeys has now grown to become one of Australia’s leading soccer development programs for children aged 3-8 years.
Marwan Kojok is the Managing Partner of the corporate and commercial firm Baybridge Lawyers where he specialises in emerging and mature franchise systems and franchise litigation matters. Marwan has consistently been recognised as an International Who’s Who of Franchise lawyers over the past eight years, working closely with many international brands and firms across the globe.
With over 16 years experience assisting franchisors manage their legal affairs along with assisting in the development of their networks, Marwan has worked across both State and Federal jurisdictions for a variety of clients.
Marwan is a regular contributor to the franchise sector and is the author of many articles for Australian, New Zealand and American franchise publications. Marwan is also a proud father of three and trusted leader to many lawyers and advisors.