La Trobe teams up with Melbourne Heart

La Trobe University's Melbourne campus joined the big league with the anouncement that it will be home of the Melbourne Heart, Australia's newest professional football team.

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Narrator:

La Trobe University's Melbourne campus joined the big league with the anouncement that it will be home of the Melbourne Heart, Australia's newest professional football team.

Paul Johnson:

To have Melbourne Heart here is a great opportunity for the University to build some of our academic programs around sport, we currently have sports management, sports journalism, we have physiotherapy, podiatry and a whole range of health science offerings, and we can do more, so this is an exciting opportunity because students will be able to work with an elite sports team.

John Rosenberg:

La Trobe is a University with an international outlook and to be affiliated and linked to a world class soccor team really has great sinagies with our international program and provides opportunities for students to interact with the club, the players and the administration.

Narrator:

The mutually benificial partnership will see Melbourne Heart have access to the University and it's upgraded facilities, and the University's staff and students a new opportunity to research and support them.

Scott Munn:

Look I think there are a range of benefits not only being housed in one facility, but also the opportunity to have students placed within the admin and trianing centre, to have an opprotunity to learn with the medical researchers, not only once a player is injured but also to prevent the injury because that's what it's about for us its holding the players on the track for as long as we can. I think tthere is a group of assetts that the University offers, twentyseven thousand students, fantastic for us to be able to target and talk to about our club.

John Aloisi:

The new surroundings are good, the University is a nice place to come and train everyday and the facilities that they have put up for us here, we've got the pool and the gym and also we've got the playing pitch so we're happy about that.

Narrator:

And while the La Trobe students could demonstrate some football skills it took the University's Vice-Chancellor to show them all how it was done.

John Aloisi:

He was shooting quiet well but no it's good to have the support of the Vice-Chancellor, I'm sure he will be at the games maybe not playing but supporting us

Paul Johnson:

I'm not sure that my soccor capacities are quiet up to the level that Melbourne Heart require but, you know if they are ever in search of new players I could put myself forward.

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