Varese and Australia, a 360-degree alliance for sport and for the Garden City


Basketball but not only. He landing of Australian investors in Varese contemplates an intervention that -when it is fully operational- will have to give a new, modern and innovative face to a part of the Garden Citythe one that revolves around the great sports complex of Masnago (stadium and sports pavilion) intended to be implemented, if all goes well, by other useful structures for the community. Which can be commercial, recreational, receptive, and so on. depending on what they will need Varese and Varese.

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At the Palazzo Estense press conference with Ross Pelligra on Varese basketball 4 of 10

The Estense Room was filled “in every order of armchairs” to give Welcome to Ross Pelligra, the Sicilian businessman at the head of a large group with interests in construction and real estate. Pelligra joined, in turn, for Giovanni “John” Caniglia, the weaver of this plot through the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Melbourne, but also by the representative of the State of Victoria. Yes, because, as we have said, there is more than just sport in this story: at a political level, Victoria – where about 350,000 descendants of Italians live – has hardened in turn. a trade alliance with the Lombardy Regiona step that favored the courtship between Varese, its basketball team, its entrepreneurial fabric (in the front row the presidents and directors of Unione Industriali and Chamber of Commerce: Roberto Grassi with Silvia Pagani, Fabio Lunghi with Mauro Temperelli) and the Pelligra. Attilio Fontana was not there today, his hand was.

BIPARTISTIC POLICY – I there was also Giancarlo Giorgetti, minister of economic development who quickly clarified the bipartisan work of city politics: “When Varese calls, I answer regardless of who administers the city.” Correspondence syndrome by the mayor Davide Galimbertianother of the weavers of the “intercontinental” agreement, but also of Giacomo Cosentino which today has replaced Fontana in the Region. Among others, the honorable Maria Chiara also arrived at the Municipality Gadda and regional councilor Samuele Smart at a rare ecumenical moment at the political level.

BASKETBALL: DANGER TO THE BOARD – In today’s long presentation, no projects were shown (“We have no rendering”, Galimberti reiterated) or conflicting figures, not even in terms of the commitment to basketball. But Luis Scola – another key man – in addition thanks Toto Bulgheroni and the president Marco Vittorelli announced the entry of Ross Pelligra in person on the Board of Directors of Varese Basketball. “We haven’t defined an amount though the Pelligra Group has the financial capacity to intervene and to improve the equipment – the entrepreneur explained – We know how important basketball is for the city and the people who live there ”. Scola reiterated a possible assignment of shares will even be evaluated in detail (“And we as a Consortium will always be there,” he reiterated Alberto Castelli, “Regardless of our weight in society”), dropping for now the hypothesis of percentages “fired” these days in other newspapers. But optimism in this regard is solid and indeed the impression is that basketball and the building are and first two fixed points of the Varese-Melbourne wedding. A kind of laboratory to continue later on other levels and in other spaces, with the “blessing” of the man from Varese Umberto Gandini, president of the Legabasket and in the front row to hear today’s speeches.

Basketball, sports pavilion and stadium in Varese: Ross Pelligra’s press conference live from Palazzo Estense

IMPLANTS, THE PALAGHIACCIO MODEL – That in Italy the bureaucracy reigns is true and that is why there has been a bit of skepticism regarding the possibility of intervening in sports fields. Both Galimberti and Caniglia thought of flying some clouds: the mayor cited the ice rink as an example (which will be completed by the end of August) highlighting how the regulations allow a public-private relationship to be established for this type of intervention. Rather, those expecting a direct financial commitment to complete the redevelopment of the building received a different response than expected: the total cost of the works is just over 4 million, 2 of which are already safe for the Region for the first plots. For the rest, funds are sought at the ministerial and federal levelsand even in these directions optimism is professed.

STADIUM, LEGA PRO ATTENTION – From There was less talk of “Franco Ossola.”, as well as football in general (Pelligra among other things has practically taken the Catania that will restart from Serie D: great interest also in the city of Mount Etna to the events of Varesa). Also here the impression is that you first think of the baskets, where the discourse is well underway both in sports (with the Serie A and the presence of Scola) and in the arena. However, the videoconference intervention of the the president of the Lega Pro, Francesco Ghirelliwhich has included Varese among the medium-sized cities designed to carry out the beloved sports plant projects in this branch of national football.

GAVIRATE BRIDGE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS – Part of the merit of this agreement must also be given to the long-standing relationship between Varese and Australia, linked to the Gavirate hub and not in vain, among the interventions was that of Warwick Forbes (by video conference) or the manager and former gymnast who ran the structure built in 2006 by the lake. The presence of the European headquarters of the Australian Institute of Sport it was one more catalyst for Australians who do not rule out expanding the number of athletes – even young people – in transit from Gavirate. And speaking of young peoplethis was another word repeated when talking about basketball: care in the nursery will be high, everyone guarantees it.


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