Victoria University sport experts will join other global and national leaders for Australia’s first National Football Conference to promote the future of the ‘beautiful game.’
Victoria University, which ranks in the Top 20 universities worldwide for sport, is a major sponsor of the event, which will be held on 20 and 21 July at Pullman Albert Park in Melbourne as part of the National Sports Convention 2017.
VU’s Professor Hans Westerbeek, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Institutional Sport Strategy) and Dean of the College of Sport & Exercise Science, is an international consultant to more than 50 organisations including FIFA and the Royal Dutch Football Association.
He will share his insights into what can be learned and translated into the Australian market from some of the powerhouses of European football from the Netherlands, Italy, and other European clubs. (20 July, 11.15am – 12.45pm)
He will also draw on VU’s position as one of Australia’s leading sport universities and partner to Melbourne Victory football club to discuss the convergence of sport science, global research, and student work opportunities in an ‘education city’ aimed at benefitting the game and the community. (21 July, 1.15pm – 2.30pm)
Other VU experts
- Professor Ramon Spaaij, a sociologist in VU’s College of Sport & Exercise Science and leader of VU’s sport in society research program, will speak on attracting and retaining specific target audiences. (20 July, 3.45pm – 5.15pm)
- Associate Professor Clare Hanlon, an advocate for greater female participation in sport will share research at the National Sport Convention on how policies can encourage females in sport. (21 July,1.15pm – 2.30pm)
- Associate Professor Rochelle Eime, leader of the Sport and Recreation Spatial project that integrates data about sport and recreation participation, facilities, demographics, and health, will discuss participation trends and future facility requirements at the National Sport Convention. (21 July, 1.15pm – 2.30pm).
All VU researchers are available for comment or expert opinion.