La Trobe extends its Heart
Since its inception in 2010, the educational partnership has benefited both organisations and local communities. As well as a Melbourne Heart schools and community program, the connection has allowed La Trobe students from Sports Management, Marketing, Journalism, Sports Journalism and Health Science to undertake work placements with the football club.
Melbourne Heart house both their administrative and training arms at the La Trobe campus, providing ample access to various support services, conditioning and medical facilities.
A number of academic areas of the University have already been involved with the club, with the Centre for Sport and Social Impact undertaking two research consultancies for Melbourne Heart. The Musculoskeletal Research Centre has carried out gait analysis and strength work with the players, and the Health Sciences team has conducted statistical analysis of the player’s diaries and injuries.
Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar welcomed Melbourne Heart’s Chairman Peter Sidwell at La Trobe to sign the new contract.
‘Continuing our association with this great soccer club supports La Trobe’s commitment to engage with our communities and I am really pleased that La Trobe students will continue to receive the benefits of having Melbourne Heart on our campus,’ Professor Dewar said.
Melbourne Heart FC Chairman Peter Sidwell said, ‘The club is delighted to extend its partnership with La Trobe University.’
‘Over the last two years, our club has become synonymous with La Trobe University, which has provided a genuine home for Melbourne Heart FC amongst the University community.
‘Together, we are certainly stronger, and I keenly anticipate seeing Melbourne Heart FC and La Trobe University move forward in concert as we each strive to achieve,’ Mr Sidwell said.
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