Club announces festival ‘for region’s youngsters’
By Nadia Surace
A-LEAGUE Melbourne Heart Football Club players and representatives were in Shepparton last week to host a free soccer clinic for Guthrie Street Primary School students and announce a community soccer festival for the city later this year.
The three-day August event will include further clinics, coaching courses and open training sessions Melbourne Heart CEO, Scott Munn explained.
“The main event will be a high profile pre-season match between the Hearts and Wellington Phoenix at Deakin Reserve which, will be a fantastic opportunity for people here to see football at an elite level in their home town,” he said.
“The idea behind it is to promote healthy and active lifestyles to regional kids and the sport to the community as a whole.
“Although we are in our infancy, the club is steadfast in the belief that it bears a distinct responsibility to further the cause of football throughout the State and help inspire the next generation of Victorians.”
Assisting at the Thursday clinic, Melbourne Heart player, Nick Kalmar said the team expects to see up to 3,000 children during the clinics at the August 25-27 festival.
“It’s great you know because it puts smiles on their faces and smiles on ours too,” he said.
“We have a lot of fun with them, it’s fantastic for the sport and for the community.”
Deputy Mayor, Michael Polan and Goulburn North East Football Association President, Frank Trimboli and Shepparton Junior Soccer Association President, Mick Italia also visited the clinic.
“Football continues to grow in popularity and this event will help build further momentum as we work towards the Greater Shepparton Football Strategy with the long term hope that we will be able to host more of these events at a purpose built facility as the Sports Precinct,” Cr Polan said.
“This festival also further enhances Greater Shepparton as a football destination and builds on a number of successful football events we’ve hosted previously.”