Westpac ‘Heart2Heart’ kicks off tonight

Amid the excitement of tonight’s football derby, between Melbourne clubs Heart and Victory, Victorian amateur football clubs will have their first opportunity to match their fortunes with the Heart.

Under the newly announced Westpac Heart 2 Heart program, Melbourne Heart’s goals and games mean a leg up for the true grass roots of the game, the suburban and country clubs that foster emerging talent and bring the game to thousands of young players every week.

Clubs have the opportunity to be nominated for a cash donation from Westpac and Melbourne Heart. The amount is linked to the results of the Heart’s remaining 11 home games for the 2010 A League season, with even scoreless draws netting that week’s winning club a minimum of $1000.

Tonight’s recipient is Aspendale Sporting Club.

"Westpac has a strong history of working with the community and we are proud to be able to support grassroots clubs through the Heart2Heart initiative," Julie Rynski, Westpac's State General Manager for Victoria said.

“A key reason why we partnered with Melbourne Heart is because of their commitment to bring football to local communities across Victoria.

“The work that local clubs do week in and week out provides a path that help kids follow their football passion on their way to the professional ranks."