Heart announces partnership

07 Apr 2010

Melbourne Heart FC has announced the club will establish its administration and training base at La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus.

soccer ball in goal netWith the Hyundai A-League newcomers set to commence pre-season training in the forthcoming week, Heart moved to finalise the identity of its definitive home, ensuring preparations for the club’s competition debut can take the next step.

Chief Executive Officer Scott Munn revealed the club is excited to confirm its partnership with La Trobe University, saying the agreement marks an important step in Melbourne Heart FC history. 

“As a football club, there were a number of criteria which we considered to be of paramount importance when canvassing the options for the location of our training base,” he said.

“Most important of which was an ability to house both administrative and training arms of our club as well as provide ample access to various support services, including conditioning and medical facilities.

“We are thrilled to have established this partnership with La Trobe and hope to reveal more details of the enormity and magnitude of this very significant alliance in the coming weeks.”

La Trobe University Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson welcomed the announcement.

“This partnership between La Trobe University and Melbourne Heart supports our strategy to engage with our communities in the northern suburbs of Melbourne,” he said.

“La Trobe has played the key role in securing Melbourne Heart's move to our region and we warmly welcome them as part of our University community.
“We will upgrade our sports facilities and work with Melbourne Heart to achieve excellence. I am thrilled with the potential benefits La Trobe students will receive with Melbourne Heart on campus’, he said.”

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For any Melbourne Heart FC media enquiries or requests, please contact Melbourne Heart FC Media and Communications Coordinator Simon Chiarelli on 0430 016 993 or simon.chiarelli@melbourneheartfc.com.au. Alternatively, please contact Jane Brook from Twenty3 Group on 0412 312 599 or jane.brook@twenty3group.com.au.

About Melbourne Heart FC


Granted the 11th Hyundai A-League license midway through 2009, Melbourne Heart FC will make its competition debut this year, led by former Dutch international John van ‘t Schip. The ex-Ajax star will be assisted by fellow internationals Jesper Olsen and Ante Milicic, as the club strives to meet the highest standards of professionalism on and off the park. Qantas Socceroo and World Cup hero John Aloisi is the latest player to join the club, following the likes of former Dutch youth international Rutger Worm, Dean Heffernan, Matt Thompson and Sydney FC Championship winning goalkeeper Clint Bolton.

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