Heart in the Community

Melbourne Heart FC's dedicated community program continues to engage with Victoria's grassroots community and will launch the inaugural Schools Cup this Saturday.

Melbourne Heart FC-s community department continues to hold a number of community events throughout the off season, culminating in this Saturday-s inaugural Schools Cup.

Over 400 students from 20 Victorian schools from the AGS and APS (Associated Grammar Schools/Associated Public Schools) will compete in four matches (2x 15 minute halves) across the tournament.

The two finalists will play in a curtain-raiser event at AAMI Park prior to a Melbourne Heart FC home game during the Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season.

The winning team will receive a perpetual trophy - ‘The Melbourne Heart FC Cup- - and players from top two teams will receive commemorative medals which will be presented by a Heart player or coach.

Goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, defender Jeremy Walker and striker Dylan Macallister will be in attendance at the event, while Head Coach John Aloisi will also be in attendance to address the teams.

“The Club is excited for this Saturday-s inaugural Schools Cup, which has gone a long way to developing a healthy relationship with school communities and providing young aspiring footballers with the opportunity to showcase their abilities,” Heart-s General Manager, Community, Sue Crow said.

The tournament will be payed across three venues in Keysborough - at Mentone Grammar Playing Fields (756-768 Springvale Rd), Tatterson Park and Haileybury this Saturday 20 April from between 8am -1pm.

Heart has also been conducting a number of other clinics through its dedicated Game Development Officers Josh Bondin and Louisa Bisby.

On Monday the pair visited Laburnum Primary School with Redmayne and Macallister.

There was also a huge interest in last Thursday-s Mate-s Mates Clinic at Hampton Junior Soccer Club, which gave aspiring young footballers the opportunity to meet and exchange techniques and ideas with one of Heart-s talented wingers, Mate Dugandzic.

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