Sport clubs

Victoria University (VU) has plenty of options for staff and students wanting to join a sporting club and play in local competitions.

There are also a lot of non-sport related clubs to join.

Aikido

Aikido is a martial art with a difference. It does not seek to injure an attacker, but blends with their attack, dissipating its energy and from there the attacker is projected away or decisively pinned on the ground.

With exquisite mindfulness training, aikido can help you to develop astonishing relaxed power, balance and a deep, calm focus in the midst of action and most importantly, daily life! It is ideal for students and staff and anyone who needs a calm mind even when the pressure is on.

Come try a lesson any time or contact us for details about our next beginners' program.

Join the Aikido Melbourne club

Website: Aikido Melbourne
Email: info@aikidomelbourne.com
Facebook: Aikido Melbourne

Athletics

This club is active in getting students organised and prepared to represent the University at national University Games and Championships and is affiliated with Essendon Athletics who have a strong and long history of student membership as well as elite athletes representing Australia at Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Join the Essendon Athletics club

John Cooper – Secretary
Email: johncooper@iprimus.com.au

Join the VU Vultures Athletics club

Brendan Smith
Email: brendan.smith17@hotmail.com

Australian Rules (Men)

Fancy a game of football? Join UHSVU a men's Australian football club with the following grades in 2016:

  • Seniors VAFA D3
  • Reserves VAFA D3
  • Club XVIII VAFA
  • Under 18.

Join the UHSVU club

Senior Coach: Brendan Payne – 0402 471 221
President: Chris Marchio – 0478 485 530
Website: UHSVU Football Club website
Email: uhsvuinbox@gmail.com
Facebook: UHSVU on Facebook

Australian Rules (Women)

The VU Western Spurs are a proud women's football club competing in the Victorian Women's Football League with three teams including an under 12s, youth and senior team. Women of all ages and abilities are welcomed to the club for the 2016 season and for further beyond.

Join the VU Western Spurs club

Phone: 0406 621 699
Facebook: Western Spurs on Facebook
Twitter: Western Spurs on Twitter

Baseball

The Newport Baseball Club was established in 1928 and is a Division 1 club. It has a rich history of great players, characters and impressive results achieved over many years. The club also has many individual player achievements at all age groups in various representative sides.

So whether you are a current member, previous member or potential new member, come down to the RAM-DOME and take the field or just enjoy being part of our great club.

The club is also actively in assisting with VU’s representation in the Baseball competition at the Australian University Games.

Join the Newport Baseball Club

Email: newportbaseballclub@gmail.com
Website: Newport Baseball Club

Cheerleading

The VU Vipers Cheerleading club meet three times weekly for competitive cheer training on Mondays and Wednesdays (7am - 8.45am) and competitive dance training on Fridays (7am - 8.45am) in E111 at the Footscray Park Campus.

As current reigning champions of the Southern University Games, the Vipers are preparing teams to compete to defend their title. These teams will also compete to win state and national championships against the other universities in Australia.

If you love acrobatics, tumbling, stunting, dancing, getting fit and enjoy a great team spirit this is for you!

Join the cheerleading club

Email: vuvipers@live.com.au
Facebook: VU Vipers on Facebook

Cricket

Flemington Cricket Club a short distance from the VU Footscray Park and City campuses offers four senior sides (VTCA) that all play on turf wickets at Newmarket Reserve (corner of Racecourse Road and Epsom Road, behind the bowls club) and Walter Street reserve in Ascot Vale catering for the serious and the social cricketer. The club has its own clubhouse, training facilities and playing ovals and enjoys a multicultural and inclusive environment with low membership fees and student discount.

The club is also actively in assisting with VU’s representation in the T20 Cricket competition at the Australian University Games.

Join the Flemington cricket club

Matt O'Neill, President: presidentflemingtongulls@gmail.com | 0423 685 439
Adrian McMillan, Secretary: secretaryflemingtongulls@gmail.com

Cycling

Footscray Cycling Club

We have an affiliation with Footscray Cycling Club. There is racing all year round and the Club is affiliated with Cycling Victoria.

During the Road Season (April-October) the club conducts racing over a number of different circuits ranging in distance from 75 kms to 125 kms. During the Criterium season (November-March) we have races on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Victoria University circuit at the VU Werribee campus.

Join the Footscray Cycling Club

Mark Micallef
Email: secretary@footscraycc.com.au

Social Riding Group

Join the VU Diamonds Cycling Group for a social ride every Saturday morning. With an approximately 50km round trip the ride will see the group reach Mordialloc before making the return trip back to Port Melbourne for a rewarding coffee at the Melbourne Bakehouse.

Join the VU Diamonds

VU Sport
Email: sport@vu.edu.au
Facebook: VU Diamonds via VU Sport on Facebook

Dragon boat

Victoria University has a sporting affiliation with Dragon Masters Dragon Boat Club located at Docklands in Melbourne and the club is looking for social and competitive paddlers to become members.

Join the dragon boat club

Jim Eaton
Email: jim.eaton@vu.edu.au
Facebook: Dragon Masters Dragon Boat Club
Website: Dragon Masters Dragon Boat Club on Facebook

Gridiron

The Western Crusaders are an American Football club located at the Henry Turner Reserve South, behind VU’s Footscray Park campus.

The club has men’s, women’s and junior teams and welcome all new players. The club has also benefitted from experienced players coming from USA, Japan, UK, NZ, Samoa, Tonga, Italy and other backgrounds.

Join the gridiron club

Email: wcrusaders@gmail.com
Facebook: Western Crusaders on Facebook

Hockey

Werribee Hockey Club

We has a strong affiliation with Werribee Hockey Club. The Club is situated in a key growth corridor of the Wyndham area a short distance from the University's Werribee campus and has four senior men's, four senior women's and 11 junior teams, totalling more than 300 playing and social members.

Join the Werribee Hockey Club

Email: whc@werribeehockeyclub.com.au
Facebook: Werribee Hockey Club on Facebook

Footscray Hockey Club

Footscray Hockey Club is ten minutes from the Footscray Campus is one of 12 Premier League Clubs in Melbourne. Established in 1934, it has over 600 members and 45 teams, fielding nine men's, nine women's, six masters and 21 junior teams. There are two superb pitches, a large pavilion and a very welcoming and social environment.

Join the Footscray Hockey Club

Nicole Virtuoso
Email: footscrayhc@hockeyvictoria.org.au
Website: Footscray Hockey Club site

Judo

Judo is both a form of self-defence and Olympic Sport. Judo is also considered to be a beneficial way of improving physical fitness and self-confidence. The VU Judo Club operates in partnership with Resilience Training Centre in Footscray.

The club is also actively in assisting with VU’s representation in the Judo competition at the Australian University Games.

Join the judo club

Russell Freemantle
Phone: +61 3 9395 4963
Mobile: 0416 439 068
Email: russellfreemantle@gmail.com
Website: VU Judo Club

Kendo

Kendo is a martial art originating from Japan and literally translates to "way of the sword".

The Victoria University Kendo club is based at the Footscray Park campus and trains on Monday evenings, 6.30pm-7.30pm and Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm-8pm The head instructor is Kate Sylvester (5th dan), who is the current national coach of the Australian Kendo Team. We will be running two beginner's courses in 2016. Please contact the VU Kendo club by the email address below for more information.

The club is also actively in assisting with VU’s representation in the Kendo competition at the Australian University Games.

Join the kendo club

Kate Sylvester
Email: katesylvester313@hotmail.com
Facebook: Kendo club

Kickboxing

Kickboxing is great for fun, fitness, strength and a cardio workout. Join for fun or train competitively for Martial Arts tournaments.

Join the kickboxing club

Kacey Chong
Email: vukickboxing@gmail.com

Lawn bowls

The Footscray Park Lawn Bowls club is a friendly lawns bowls club in Footscray, inner west Melbourne. It is conveniently located just steps away from the Victoria University Footscray Park Campus.

All students and staff are welcome; serious or social bowlers, and those just looking for fun with social barefoot bowls every Thursday from 5pm – 7pm.

Join the lawn bowls club

Phone: +61 3 9687 5563
Facebook: Footscray Park Lawn Bowls club on Facebook

Netball

The VU Vultures Netball Club is based at the Victoria University Community Sports Stadium at VU Whitten Oval in Footscray.

Our teams compete in the Parkville Netball Association Competition at the State Netball Centre.

Premier League Open - Tuesday nights

The club trains on Sundays 3-6pm at the Victoria University Community Sports Stadium with some Monday training held for open divisions.

Join the netball club

Phone: 0432 325 350 (Tess)
Email: vuvulturesnc@outlook
Website: https://vuvulturesnc.teamapp.com
Facebook: VU Vultures Netball on Facebook

Quidditch

Welcome to VU’s one and only quidditch team, Victoria University Quidditch Club! We're the newest playing team in Victoria and on the lookout for more players. If you're into Harry Potter, running around, and meeting fantastic people you should come to training! VUQC is a very welcoming team, so students: feel free to bring your friends!

Join the VU Quidditch Club

Facebook: VU Quidditch Club on Facebook

Rowing

Footscray Rowing Club on the Maribyrnong River has coaches available to cater to all skill levels from beginner to elite. You can develop your skills and compete in city and country regattas or take it up a level and train and compete at state, inter-varsity and national regattas. Boats include:

  • sculls
  • double skull
  • quad skull
  • pair
  • four
  • eight

Join the rowing club

Introductory courses and discounted rates for Victoria University students are available. Come and visit the club house, located at the rear of the Footscray Park campus, open every Sunday from 10am.

Rugby Union

We have an affiliation with Footscray Rugby Union Club based at the rear of the VU Footscray Park campus.

The club has a long history supporting men's in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and even 4th grade and also has women's, colts and junior teams. The club welcomes any new players whether experienced or novice.

Join the rugby union club

Andre Van Der Schee
Phone: 0458 911 000
Email: drevanders@gmail.com

Running

If you like running, join the VU River Runners! We run distances of 3-5km weekly. It's free and open to all staff, students, the community, friends and family, regardless of running abilities.

Footscray Park

Every Wednesday from 4.30pm - 5.30pm we'll be running along the Maribyrnong River. Meet at the Footscray Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Building L, Level 0, Footscray Park Campus.

Join the River Runners club

Just come along on a Wednesday, or contact us for more information.

VU Sport
Email: sport@vu.edu.au
Facebook: VU Sport on Facebook

Shorinji Kempo

Shorinji Kempo is both a traditional martial art and an excellent form of self-defence. Shorinji Kempo offers a training system that can be practiced by everybody regardless of gender or age.

Shorinji Kempo Melbourne City Branch trains at twice a week at Victoria University, Footscray Park: Footscray Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Level 0 Group Exercise Room.

Date & times of Shorinji Kempo training:
Tuesdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

Join the Shorinji Kempo club

Sean McCurry
Phone: 0400 667 375
Email: seanmccurry@yahoo.com

Snow sports

The VU Snow Club is passionate about giving VU students the opportunity to visit the slopes in a friendly club environment.

By being part of the club you will be included in snow trips around Australia and New Zealand, social events and activities in Melbourne, meet and ride events with VU elite snow athletes, great prize giveaways and lots more.

Contact us to join the VU Snow Club:

Email: vusnowclub@gmail.com
Facebook: VU Snow Club on Facebook

Represent VU in sport

The VU Snow Club is active in getting students organised and prepared to represent the University at the Australian University Snow Unigames.

If you are a VU Student and have an interest in snow sports or have previously competed before, you have a chance to represent VU at the games in Snowboarding, Skiing and Cross Country Skiing.

For more information please contact VU's Sport Department.

Phone: +61 3 9919 4434
Email: sport@vu.edu.au

Soccer (Women's)

Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club is a women's soccer club with two teams in the FFV State League. Training is held from 7 - 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February to September at our home ground located at Johnson Reserve, Essex Street, West Footscray. The club welcomes players of all abilities – from beginners through to experienced players.

The club offers:

Join the women's soccer club

Lysandra Gonsalves
Phone: 0433 713 597
Email: maribyrnongswiftsfc@gmail.com
Website: Maribyrnong Swifts FC

Taekwondo

The Victoria University Taekwondo club offers a high level of taekwondo training for complete beginners to elite players, focusing on sparring, poomsae (patterns), demonstrations with fitness, flexibility, and strength. Our club has achieved impressive results in the Australian University Games over the past few years, with multiple members receiving a green and gold medal.

If you are interested in building your fitness, strength, and flexibility in a highly professional and welcoming environment, please contact us for more details.

Join the taekwondo club

Minseung Choi
Phone: 0413 536 980
Facebook: VU Taekwondo

Touch football

The Victoria University Touch Football Club formed from the enthusiastic women and men competing at Southern and Australian University Games over a number of years.

If you are looking for regular community competition, our mixed team has been competing in local leagues rotating players through the ranks. The club is looking to boost members through the formation of men's, mixed and women's teams to compete in club competition and University Games.

Join the touch football club

Email: vutouch@live.com.au
Facebook: VU Touch on Facebook

Volleyball

VU Volleyball Club participates in the Volleyball Victoria State League competition. Opportunities are available for men and women with training held Tuesday to Thursday nights at Footscray Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Building L, Footscray Park Campus.

Teams play every Saturday at the State Volleyball Centre in Dandenong.

We are seeking committed players to participate in various team divisions. All students and community members welcome. Feel free to contact the club for more information.

Join the volleyball club

Women's team
Email: vuvc.womens@gmail.com

Men's team
Email: vuvc.mens@gmail.com

Facebook: Victoria University Volleyball Club

Water polo

This club is affiliated with Essendon Water Polo Club who train out of our purpose-built water polo pool at the Footscray park campus on Monday evenings. The club recruits men, women and juniors (over 8 years).

All ages and abilities are welcome so come and have a go at our free (no obligations) training session.

Join the water polo club

Bryan Wee, President
Phone: 0419 581 179
Email: president@essendonwaterpolo.asn.au
Website: Water Polo Club site