Melbourne Heart midfielder Kliment Taseski knows the struggles of juggling university life with a pro sporting career all too well. As the face of a new billboard series entitled, ‘Stronger in partnership’, highlighting the ties La Trobe University has with Melbourne Heart, the Law and Business student is the living embodiment of the partnership campaign.
‘I'm doing a double degree of Law and Business part time, which makes it a 27 year course!’ Taseski laughs, ‘No, minus the sarcasm it’s eight years … there are 24 hours in a day and I just use them effectively.’
The La Trobe-Melbourne Heart partnership looks to help the community by helping kids with sport, health and education and approach Taseski fully supports.
‘It's up to the individual player whether they want to undertake higher education, but if that decision is made the club is supportive through career services.
‘Heart has always been very supportive. John Didulica, the Football Operations Manager at the club played a major part in my decision to take on law,’says Taseski.
Melbourne Heart joined the A-League in 2010 with its training and administrative facilities based La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus.
‘I started at La Trobe just a few months before beginning the inaugural pre-season with the Heart but I’ve played football for most of my life, starting with a team when I was six,’ says the 20 year-old Taseski.
La Trobe University provides a range of flexible study options to help prepare Heart players for life after football something Taseski jokingly calls ‘risk-management’. The University offers this through its membership of the Australian Sports Commissions’ Elite Athlete Friendly University Network (EAFU).
For Kliment Taseski, there’s no other place he’d rather study.
‘There’s a good vibe around La Trobe’, he says, ‘…coupled with the fact that it’s my training facility.’
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