Melbourne Heart FC Wants Sporting Hub For Base

Melbourne Heart FC will be placing priority on securing a comprehensive sporting hub to house both administrative and football arms of the club, according to GM of Football Operations John Didulica.

Melbourne Heart FC will be placing priority on securing a comprehensive sporting hub to house both administrative and football arms of the club, according to GM of Football Operations John Didulica.

The club is currently in the process of assessing the final options available before presenting a proposal to the board for approval, inching the Heart closer to establishing a definitive home.

While a number of potential venues have been canvassed, the club has remained steadfast in its goal to secure a base which fulfils a variety of essential criteria, chiefly among them a capacity to host all aspects of Melbourne Heart FC.

Didulica said the football department is excited by the available options, but reiterated that it is critical the club is able to find a long term home.

“We-ve put a lot of work into identifying where to train and the number one priority we will be placing is on facilities, but moreover, it-s really important we create a sporting hub for ourselves,” he said.

“(It is important) we have our administration base in the same place as our training facility which in turn is the same place as our sports science.”

Didulica believes the stability a single home provides will allow Heart to focus on the task of building not only a football club, but a tangible playing culture.

“I think certainly in my experience with other clubs, the inability to have the one location you can call home can cause all manner of problems,” he said.

“We-ve got a couple of fantastic options but certainly which ever place we call home will be really well serviced and I genuinely think the players we bring to the club will in time have the best environment to work in the A-League and hopefully in elite sport generally.“

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