Heart College of Football at John Fawkner

Melbourne Heart FC, in partnership with John Fawkner College, will be embarking on a groundbreaking initiative in football development and academic education in 2014

Find out how you can be part of the Heart College of Football program

If you are a primary or secondary school aged male or female student and would like to inquire about the Heart College of Football program at John Fawkner College, contact Heart College of Football coordinator, Kieran McDowell on email: mcdowell.kieran.j@edumail.vic.gov.au or ring the college on (03) 9359 1166.

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About the Heart College of Football at John Fawkner

The Heart College of Football is a football development and student learning initiative that was established as a result of a groundbreaking partnership between Hyundai A-League club Melbourne Heart FC and John Fawkner College in Fawkner, Victoria.

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach, John van't Schip, talks about the Heart College of Football program.

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LATEST HEART COLLEGE OF FOOTBALL NEWS

Heart College of Football provides the springboard for John Fawkner College School Sport Victoria success

Monday 26 May 2014

The impact of the Heart College of Football program on John Fawkner College students was evident when the school registered three wins from as many matches in the divisional playoffs of School Sport Victoria-s inter-school football competition in early May.

Comprehensive wins over Australian International Academy of Education (2-0), Collingwood College (8-2) and Ilim Collegee (2-1), now see John Fawkner College progress to the regional finals of the competition.

John Fawkner College students reaping the rewards of the Heart College of Football program

"I am really proud of the effort our boys put in. They were very disciplined and played a good brand of attacking football. I can really see the benefits of the Heart College of Football intensive training in their play," Heart College of Football head coach and Melbourne Heart National Youth League coach, Joe Palatsides said.

School Sport Victoria-s inter-school football competition is an opportunity for all public schools to compete in a statewide football competition. John Fawkner College is using this opportunity to implement the skills learnt at Heart College of Football training, in a game situation.

“Previously, school soccer has been about achieving results," Heart College of Football coordinator and John Fawkner College teacher, Kieran McDowell, said.

"With the shift towards playing a more attractive style of football, students were able to execute the skills that they have developed at training. The focus at training has been on ball speed, control and movement in game situations. This is very new to our school teams so it was very pleasing to have these skills clearly present during matches.”

Success in this competition now sees John Fawkner College intermediate team play off against other divisional finalists at the North Moreland regional finals.

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Heart Embark on Exciting Partnership

Thursday 26 September 2013

Melbourne Heart FC, in partnership with John Fawkner College, will be embarking on a groundbreaking initiative in football development and academic education in 2014.

In conjunction with John Fawker, the Club will develop the Heart College of Football at John Fawkner College, which is an innovative school curriculum program designed to meet the needs of Australian secondary school children who would like to forge a path in professional football and the sports industry.

The program-s holistic focus to personal development and learning uniquely prepares students for life as a professional athlete, tertiary student and member of Australia 21st century workforce.

The football component of the Heart College of Football at John Fawkner College will be based on the world renowned Cryuff Football Academy at Barcelona FC in Spain and Ajax FC in the Netherlands and delivered in a newly-constructed multimillion dollar, state of the art John Fawkner College Global Learning Centre and Football Facility.

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.

For those Year 7-12 male and female students who aspire to play professional football, the Heart College of Football at John Fawkner College program will be a globally recognised football training initiative that allows students enrolled at John Fawkner College to train as professional footballers at school on a daily basis. The elite component of this program is delivered by qualified Melbourne Heart coaching staff and gives students exclusive access to Melbourne Heart-s pathway to professional football.

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