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Aug 16, 2010   |  5:53PM AET

AIS Youngsters Commence Heart Training Stint

AIS Youngsters Commence Heart Training Stint

Melbourne Heart FC has reinforced its commitment to developing local youth by offering three Australian Institute of Sport athletes the chance to train with the Club’s decorated playing squad.

Melbourne Heart FC has reinforced its commitment to developing local youth by offering three Australian Institute of Sport athletes the chance to train with the Club-s decorated playing squad.

Victorian teenagers Curtis Good, Jake Barker-Daish and Melvin Becket will spend at least a week at Heart HQ, experiencing life as aprofessional footballer.

With Heart-s inaugural side already boasting six players under 20, the Club is already proving itself to be an advocate for the development of youth, as demonstrated by the immediate inclusion of Eli Babalj and Brendan Hamill into the first team squad for the opening two rounds of the Hyundai A-League.

General Manager, Football Operations John Didulica believes the presence of van ‘t Schip, Milicic and Olsen makes Heart an ideal destination for the AIS trio to hone their craft.

“It-s a great opportunity for these young boys to get a taste of professional football. Equally, it-s an opportunity for the club to run its eye across the players the system has identified as among the best in the country,” he said.

The A-League has the potential to be a window to the future for the fans, where they can enjoy a preview of our future international players. As a club, we are committed to doing that so the more young Aussies we can promote, the better.”