Heart College of Football commences

Last September, Melbourne Heart FC, in partnership with John Fawkner College, announced the development of the Heart College of Football at John Fawkner College.

Last September, Melbourne Heart FC, in partnership with John Fawkner College, announced the development of the Heart College of Football at John Fawkner College.

On Wednesday, over 40 students participated in the first official day of the new program, which involves an innovative school curriculum at John Fawkner, designed to meet the needs of Australian secondary school children who would like to forge a path in professional football and the sports industry.

Melbourne Heart FC's Foxtel National Youth League coach Joe Palatsides, alongside the Club's Game Development Officers, Simon Zappia and Louisa Bisby, held clinics with 40 enthusiastic students.

Check out a selection of images from Wednesday's first official day of the Heart College of Football at John Fawkner College in the image gallery above.

The academic component of the program is taught across key learning areas such as English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Media, Health and Physical Education and the Arts. It is a program that engages students with a serious interest in sport whilst developing 21st century numeracy, literacy, employability and further education skills crucial to their future work and study life.

The elite component of the program is delivered by qualified Melbourne Heart coaching staff and gives students exclusive access to Melbourne Heart-s pathway to professional football.