Heart receives praise in Parliament

Melbourne Heart received praise from Victorian MP Craig Ondarchie in Parliament yesterday.

Melbourne Heart received praise from Victorian MP Craig Ondarchie in Parliament yesterday as the Member for Northern Metropolitan Region celebrated the Club-s contribution to community.

Ondarchie made a brief statement to the Legislative Council yesterday, rising to “congratulate Melbourne Heart Football Club on its approach to the local community”.

Ondarchie pointed to Heart-s recent success at the 10th annual Melbourne Awards where it won the category of ‘Contribution to Community by a Corporation-.

“The club was established just three years ago and was committed to retaining the highest possible standards of professionalism both on and off the field and embracing the local community and it has done it so well,” Ondarchie said.

“When I was first introduced to Melbourne Heart just a few years ago I wanted to work with a club that was a genuine community club that embraced Melbourne-s north, captured the diversity of our multicultural communities and galvanised the spirit and endeavour of that vast array of communities, and the club has done it so well.

“So much so that on Saturday, 18 August, Melbourne Heart was bestowed with one of the City of Melbourne-s highest honours after receiving recognition for its community program at the 10th annual Melbourne Awards.

“This is a club that was developed on the very notion of developing a sporting organisation with the community as a central pillar of its existence.

“ I congratulate Chairman Peter Sidwell, Chief Executive Scott Munn, manager of community programs Sue Crow and her team, Louisa Bisby and Josh Bondin.

“I also congratulate the Melbourne Heart Football Club players, especially Clint Bolton, Maté Dugandzic and Jason Hoffman, who give so much of their time to work with the local community.

“That has been demonstrated again in the last week when head coach, John Aloisi, has been out with local sporting club coaches, giving them tactical and practical advice on how to develop young Australians.”