Westpac Returns Heart To Gippsland

Melbourne Heart FC will renew its bond with Gippsland after announcing the region will host the second leg of the 2011 Westpac Community Football Festival in August.

Melbourne Heart FC will renew its bond with Gippsland after announcing the region will host the second leg of the 2011 Westpac Community Football Festival in August.

The Hyundai A-League side will arrive in the town on August 18 for the start of the three-day football extravaganza, which includes a practice match against Hyundai A-League side Newcastle Jets at the Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium.

After falling to Newcastle during last year-s match-up in Morwell, Heart is keen to avenge the loss in front of a full house at the home of former National Soccer League side Gippsland Falcons.

The Westpac Community Football Festival will also see Heart engage with the local football and business community through a series of clinics and events, courtesy of Westpac-s local network of branches.

Westpac-s ‘Coach the Coach- program is set to be one of the highlights of the festival, with Heart Head Coach John van ‘t Schip and Assistant Ante Milicic holding a seminar educating local football clubs on the latest tactical and technical innovations in the game.

Heart Chief Executive Officer Scott Munn revealed the Club is excited to be bringing the Hyundai A-League back to Gippsland.

“The success of last year-s Westpac Community Football Festival in Gippsland proved without doubt that the region is all heart,” he said.

“We look forward to renewing our relationship with the region during August-s event, which once again promises to be a wonderful celebration of football in an area renowned for its rich round ball history,

“Through our partnership with Westpac, the Club is delighted to return to the region and again host the Newcastle Jets at the Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium in a showpiece match.”

Westpac Morwell Bank Manager, Linda Christie said: “We are really excited to be able to help bring Melbourne Heart FC and elite football to the Gippsland community.

“One of the reasons Westpac partnered with the team is their focus on taking football to regional communities. The Gippsland festival will feature as part of a month of fantastic regional football activity across Victoria.”