Partnerships & affiliations in sport & exercise

As a leading sports university we have over 200 partnerships and affiliations with peak sporting bodies, professional and community sporting clubs, public groups focused on health and education.

The Real Madrid Graduate School Unversidad Europea, Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Institute of Sport and the Western Bulldogs Football Club are some of many unique strategic industry partnerships.

Partner organisations offer our students placements and internships in Australia, contacts within the industry and sometimes a career upon graduation.

Most of our partners benefit through access to our research, our staff, students and facilities. 

Key sporting partners

VU Sport Strategy: From Grassroots to Elite

We have strong ambitions to be Australia’s leading sport university and a global leader in sport. The VU Sport Strategy, 2019-2023: From Grassroots to Elite will drive us to achieve this ambition.

Opportunities for our students

Our partnerships, in addition to providing platforms for our research, also provide great learning and career opportunities for our students.

Our Sport and Exercise Science students enjoy the facilities of our industry partners including the $8 million VU education research centre for sport and exercise sciences at Whitten Oval Stadium.

Our Bachelor of Sport Science students have the opportunity to pursue a cadetship with one of our partners – the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne Storm and Maribyrnong College – to gain practical experience in a professional sports environment.