Heart in Harmony through Football

Melbourne Heart FC will celebrate cultural diversity this Saturday 16 March as the Red and White take on Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park in its Harmony through Football match

Melbourne Heart FC will celebrate cultural diversity this Saturday 16 March as the Red and White take on Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park in its Harmony through Football match.

Saturday-s clash with the Hyundai A-League leaders has been labelled a 'must-win' showdown for the Red and White to make the Finals Series.

With the visiting Wanderers chasing the Premier's Plate in their inaugural season, it should produce a tantalising showdown in Heart's last match on home soil.

Harmony Day is Australia-s annual celebration of Cultural Diversity and is celebrated on March 21.

This year-s theme is 'Many Stories - One Australia. We all make up the pages of a bigger Australia and we all have a story to tell'.

Sue Crow, General Manager, Community at Heart said:

“Harmony Day is a perfect fit with Melbourne Heart FC-s community program which has grown this year through the launch of Football Federation Australia-s Harmony through Football Program. As a club are committed to inclusion and welcoming the rich and diverse Victorian communities.”

The curtain raiser game is the second annual “Girls with Heart” game featuring an interfaith game bringing girls from Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths and from Indigenous, European, African and Asian backgrounds together in mixed teams.

Melbourne Heart FC-s Harmony game will feature Harmony Day crowd giveaways, Melbourne Heart player messages on the big screen in different languages, Multicultural Player mascots, small sided games featuring multicultural children and a medley by the Possible Dreams Choir from Swaziland.

Before the game the AAMI Park precinct outside the venue will come alive with a Bhangra Indian DJ, a Balkan band, a Chinese dragon and drums and activations from Latrobe University.

Melbourne Heart-s Harmony Game is part of Football Federation Australia-s Harmony through Football Program proudly supported by the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, SBS, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Football Federation Victoria-s United Through Football Program, Reagan Milstein Foundation, Latrobe University and Red Elephant Projects.

Match Details Saturday 16 March Hyundai A-League Round 25 Melbourne Heart FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers AAMI Park Kick-Off: 5.30pm