Megan Murphy, Anna Turner, Katarina Rebuffo, Courtney Ierano, Maddy Fenech, Ellyse Gamble, Jessie Davies, Caitlin Greiser and Alicia Root celebrate the new Victoria University partnership

Victoria University today celebrated its new female football pathway and decade-long commitment to netball.

The celebration centred on the University's sponsorship of the WRFL’s new female football and netball leagues, the VU Western Spurs and the Western Bulldogs VFLW team, and its ongoing partnerships with the Western Bulldogs and Western Jets.

Sporting leaders grateful for VU support

Debbie Lee, the Head of Women’s Football at the Western Bulldogs, expressed her appreciation of the partnership with VU: “The ongoing support from Victoria University has been a main contributor to the success and survival of the VU Western Spurs.”

“The partnership has allowed the Spurs to provide more women and girls with the opportunity to play AFL in their local community. It has allowed us to provide more teams, resources and build a safe and inclusive environment for all. We are grateful for their generosity and foresight in supporting women in football.”

WRFL CEO Matthew Duck says the League is excited to be partnering with Victoria University as it embarks on its inaugural seasons of female football and netball.

“As an organisation renowned for its long-standing support of female sport, VU was an obvious partner for us, and provides a range of exciting opportunities for the entire league on a number of levels,” he said.

“We share a similar appetite with VU to be bold and progressive, and to be able to deliver on that through the vehicle of sport is a great thing for the western suburbs.”

VU's partnerships benefit women's sport

Victoria University has been a partner of Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens Super Netball team for 10 years and now the new WRFL Netball League.

And in the WRFL football partnership, “our involvement in female football will include sponsorship from grassroots to the elite level, reinforcing to girls that there is now a pathway through football that didn’t exist before,” says Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins.

“I hope that today doesn’t just shine a spotlight on women’s sport at all levels, but rather signals the dawning of a new bright day where women’s sport is permanently given equal attention in the Australian sporting landscape, and in particular in the West of Melbourne.

“I am excited to see where this partnership takes us as a community.”

Note: Victoria University and Melbourne Vixens/Netball Victoria had a long-standing partnership until August 2018.