The ancient Greek goddess Athena is the emblematic mascot of our club. She is the goddess of wisdom, courage, strength, strategy and skill. Her divinity and all that she represents was the inspiration for those who established the Athena Soccer Club back in 1951.
In mythological sense, Athena provided protection and guidance to those of heroic endeavor. She helped many ancient heroes to greatness, including Heracles, Odysseus and Jason with his Argonauts.
Although Athena is also the goddess of war, she disliked fighting without purpose and preferred to use wisdom and strategy to resolve conflicts. Find out more about Athena here Goddess Athena
Also, as pictured above, was the use of the phrase ‘Molon Lave’ (written in Greek characters as ‘Molwn Labe’) meaning ‘come and take it’. This phrase was used as a means of defiant defence rather than aggressive attack by ancient Greek armies particularly by the Spartans. It was used by King Leonidas in response to the Persian army’s demand that the Spartan’s lay down their weapons.
Having the goddess Athena as the club’s emblematic mascot does provide a direct link and recognition of the club’s Greek heritage, but as local football moves into an era of commercialised opportunities, we believe the notions of what Athena represents gives us an engaging brand identity for the future as well as being true to our past. Also in use of the phrase ‘Molon Lave’, meaning that other sides will have to take victory from us as we will never give it up.
We want our club to embody Athena’s values. Our teams, players and coaches are assessed on those same values. We hope that our players develop into unique footballers that encapsulate those values:
Using Greek mythological figures is not unique in world sport. In fact, many of the world’s greatest footballing sides, not from Greece, use ancient Greek figures in their name and as their mascots. They include:
So as you can see, Floreat Athena is in good company!