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Jan 31, 2014   |  4:05PM AET

Heart in the Community

Heart in the Community

Melbourne Heart FC continues to work closely within Melbourne and the wider Victorian community to engage, inspire and provide opportunities for aspiring footballers.

Melbourne Heart FC continues to work closely within Melbourne and the wider Victorian community to engage, inspire and provide opportunities for aspiring footballers, as well as supporting important community initiatives.

Check out what the Club-s community department has been up to lately.

Blue Ribbon Cup
Friday night-s match between Melbourne Heart FC and Sydney FC will raise awareness for the Blue Ribbon Foundation, with both teams competing for the Blue Ribbon Cup.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation perpetuates the memory of members of the Victoria Police killed in the line of duty, through the support of worthwhile community projects within Victoria.

The player deemed the ‘Most Valuable Player- or the ‘Best on Ground- in tonight-s match will receive the Tony Clark Medal, while the winning side will be presented with the Blue Ribbon Cup.

Melbourne Heart FC has retained the Cup, with both previous encounters finishing in 2-2 draws.

To find out more about the Blue Ribbon Foundation visit http://www.remember.org.au/.

School Holiday Clinics
Melbourne Heart FC held a number of successful School Holiday Clinics recently, with last week-s ‘Girls with Heart’ attracting over 45 participants.

The clinic, which was held at Dandenong City Soccer Club and is supported by the Reagan Milstein Foundation (http://www.reaganmilsteinfoundation.com/), encourages young females to become involved in football at all levels, whether for fun or for a registered club.

Participants were introduced to a number of tactical and technical drills by Melbourne Heart FC Game Development Officers and were addressed by Matilda Ash Brown and Turkish International Gulcan Koca.

Harry Kewell Academy
Melbourne Heart FC captain Harry Kewell launched his new football academy, the Harry Kewell Academy, last week with an introductory clinic.

Melbourne Heart FC Game Development Officers Louisa Bisby and Simon Zappia, alongside General Manager, Community, Sue Crow assisted with the operation of the clinic on the day.

Sport Horizons
Melbourne Heart FC winger Golgol Mebrahtu connected with Sports Horizons – a local African leadership group based in Flemington – last week in a mentoring role to young African children, delivering a speech about his road to becoming a professional A-League player.

Melbourne Heart FC supports Midsumma
Melbourne Heart FC has always embraced diversity and equality and will be supporting Midsumma, Melbourne’s annual Queer Celebration, which is a federation of arts and cultural events spread over 85 different venues throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria, which concludes this weekend. For more information visit http://www.midsumma.org.au/.

Upcoming Community Events
With the Chinese New Year celebrated this weekend, Melbourne Heart FC will be involved in the upcoming AXF Cup which will be held on Sunday 16 February. Save the date in your diary!