There are plenty of options for staff and students wanting to join a sporting club and play in local competitions.

Joining a Victoria University sport club helps keep you fit while doing something you love. You will also get to meet new people and maybe do some travelling too.

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Aikido is a martial art with a difference. Practitioners of Aikido do not seek to injure an attacker, but to protect them from injury whilst defending themselves.

With mindfulness training, aikido can help you to develop astonishing relaxed power, balance, and a deep, calm focus in the midst of action and daily life. It is ideal for 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
Facebook: Aikido Melbourne

This club is active in getting students organised and prepared to represent the University at the Nationals and Championships. It's 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

Secretary, John Cooper

Fancy a game of football? University High School-Victoria University Amateur Football Club (UHSVU) is a community-based football club located in Parkville.

Current teams:

  • Seniors / Reserves
  • Club 18
  • Under 18s

Join the UHSVU club

Senior Coach, Brendan Payne: +61 402 471 221
President, Chris Marchio: +61 478 485 530
Website: UHSVU Football Club website
Facebook: UHSVU on Facebook

The VU Western Spurs are a proud women's football club competing in the Victorian Women's Football League. They have more than 160 players across four teams including a youth team, Division 2, Division 1 and women's VFL. Women of all ages and abilities are welcomed to the club.

Our focus is on building strong pathways for players who may want a career in AFLW or just to come and enjoy the club and family culture that is a part of being a Spur.

Join the VU Western Spurs club

Phone: +61 407 882 953
Facebook: Western Spurs on Facebook
Instagram: Western Spurs on Instagram
Twitter: Western Spurs on Twitter

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.

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 Nationals competition.

Join the Newport Baseball Club

Website: Newport Baseball Club

Flemington Cricket Club is a short distance from the VU Footscray Park and City campuses. It offers five 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 both the serious and the social cricketer, in addition to the five senior sides the club also has Saturday and Sunday social teams, as well as a womens team. 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 assisting with VU’s representation in the T20 Cricket competition at the Australian Nationals competition.

Join the Flemington Cricket Club

President, Matt O'Neill:
Phone:+61 423 685 439

Secretary, Adrian McMillan

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

Social Riding Group - VU Diamonds

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

Facebook: VU Diamonds via VU Sport on Facebook

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

Join the Dragon Masters Dragon Boat Club

Jim Eaton
Facebook: Dragon Masters Dragon Boat Club
Website: Dragon Masters Dragon Boat Club on Facebook

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 benefited from experienced players coming from USA, Japan, UK, NZ, Samoa, Tonga, Italy and other backgrounds.

Join the Western Crusaders

Facebook: Western Crusaders on Facebook

Werribee Hockey Club

We have 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. The club has more than 300 playing and social members - four senior men's teams, four senior women's teams and 11 junior teams.

Join the Werribee Hockey Club

Website: Werribee Hockey Club

Footscray Hockey Club

Footscray Hockey Club is ten minutes from the Footscray Park Campus and 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

Darryl Jahnke
Website: Footscray Hockey Club site

Judo is both a form of self-defence and an Olympic sport. Judo can improve physical fitness and self-confidence. The VU Judo Club operates in partnership with Judo Victoria.

The club is also active in assisting with VU’s representation in the Judo competition at the Australian Nationals.

Join the Judo Club

Russell Freemantle
Phone: +61 3 9395 4963
Mobile: +61 416 439 068
Website: VU Judo Club

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, 6.30-7.30pm and Wednesday evenings, 6.30-8pm. The head instructor is Kate Sylvester (5th dan), who is the current national coach of the Australian Kendo Team.

The club assists with VU’s representation in the Kendo competition at the Australian Nationals.

Join the Kendo Club

Kate Sylvester
Facebook: Kendo Club

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

The Footscray Park Lawn Bowls club is a friendly lawns bowls club located just steps away from the 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 5–7pm.

Join the Lawn Bowls Club

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

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 from 3-6pm at the Victoria University Community Sports Stadium.

Join VU Vultures

Website: VU Vultures Netball Club website
Facebook: VU Vultures Netball on Facebook

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 Footscray 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.

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 Footscray Rugby Union Club

Andre Van Der Schee
Phone: +61 458 911 000

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.

Every Wednesday from 4.30-5.30pm 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.
Facebook: VU Sport on Facebook

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 7.30–9pm
Saturdays 2.00–4pm

Join the Shorinji Kempo club

Sean McCurry
Phone: +61 400 667 375

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

As a club member you'll be invited on:

  • snow trips around Australia and New Zealand
  • social events and activities in Melbourne
  • meet and ride events with VU elite snow athletes.

Join the Snow Club

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 Nationals Snow.

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 Nationals in Snowboarding, Skiing and Cross Country Skiing.

For more information please contact VU's Sport Department.

Phone: +61 3 9919 4434

Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club is a women's soccer club with three teams in the Football Federation Victoria (FFV) State League, and three junior teams.

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.

We are a proudly inclusive club that welcomes players of all abilities – from beginners through to experienced players.

To find out about membership please send us an email or get in touch via our Facebook page.

Join the Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club

Facebook: Maribyrnong Swifts FC Facebook page
Website: Maribyrnong Swifts FC website

The Victoria University Taekwondo Club offers high level taekwondo training for complete beginners through to elite players, focusing on sparring, poomsae (patterns), demonstrations with fitness, flexibility, and strength. Our club has achieved impressive results in the Australian Nationals, 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: +61 413 536 980
Facebook: VU Taekwondo on Facebook

Taido (躰道, "the way of the mind and body") is a martial art from Japan created in 1965 by Seiken Shukumine. It has evolved from its karate roots to incorporate simultaneous defensive/offensive movements.

Taido techniques rely on body axis changes and flexible footwork, and draws on the Japanese tradition of developing body and mind as one. Along with strength, stamina, body control, and flexibility, taido teaches us about strategy, confidence, resilience, and focus.

We are a friendly community who regularly come together in international workshops and competitions. We provide intensive and comprehensive training in a relaxed atmosphere – in taido you will find a new family who will help you grow!

Join the Melbourne Taido club

Facebook: Melbourne Taido on Facebook

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

Facebook: Victoria University Volleyball Club on Facebook

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 Essendon Water Polo Club

President, Marcus Jones
Phone: 0448 900 406
Website: Water Polo Club site

VU's Taekwondo Club offers high level taekwondo training for complete beginners through to elite players.

The Rugby Union club has men's, women's, colts and junior teams.

The Maribyrnong Swifts Football Club is a women's soccer club that welcomes players of all abilities.