Introducing the Heart In The Community Team!

Introducing Game Development Officer Louisa Bisby!

Louisa started her football career playing for Aston Villa as a youngster in England, before moving to Australia when she was 15. She quickly caught the attention of a number of coaches, representing both the state and national teams at the highest level. She has also played Chengdu in the Chinese Women-s Super League, and FFC Brauweiler Pulheim (now FC Koln) in the Women-s Bundesliga in Germany. Bisby has also completed her Bachelor of Business -Sport and Leisure Management and is now employed by Melbourne Heart as a Game Development Officer. When she has the time, Bisby loves travelling and shopping.

What is your role at the club? I-m one of the game development officers at Melbourne Heart. I organise and conduct football clinics for schools, clubs and other organisations like local councils. I also do some administration work in the Community department. There I organise school holiday programs such as the ‘Little Terras- clinic, as well as communicating with clubs, schools and fans looking for mascots and ball kids.

Running football clinics for young children sounds like a lot of fun. How much enjoyment do you get from them? Its exciting, I love being outside. The enthusiasm of the little kids is great. It-s especially nice to see the excitement on the faces of kids who haven-t played before. You can tell they are enjoying learning something new.

Have you always had a passion for football? Yeah, I have. Growing up in England it was only natural. I actually play football professionally. In 2002 I played in China, and from 2004 to 2006 I played in Germany. I currently play in the W-League for Melbourne Victory. In the off-season I play for Box Hill, which is the club I love the most.

What makes Melbourne Heart the best football club in Australia? I think the fact that we are really community based makes us the best. We really try to give back to the fans by supporting local clubs and running clinics.